Antony Gibbon builds stilted wooden treehouse in Upstate New York forest

This elevated, cedar-clad treehouse in New York’s Ulster County features a huge window that offers views of woodland and mountains, and a path to a lake and a hot tub. Designer Antony Gibbon, who is currently based in Bali, completed the Inhabit structure for a forested parcel located outside the town of Woodstock, which is

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Century-old oak supports treehouse guest room in northern France

Paris-based Atelier Lavit built this treehouse around the trunk of a century-old oak in Raray, France, basing its design of criss-crossing timbers on a bird’s nest. The Origin treehouse forms part of the Cabanes des Grands Chênes, a collection of elevated guest cabins set in the grounds of the Château de Raray hotel. Atelier Lavit, which is led

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Charles Cunniffe spruces up treehouse in Aspen with local assistance

A dilapidated treehouse in Aspen has been rebuilt using vertical wooden slats and translucent panels by local firm Charles Cunniffe Architects, with plenty of help from the community. After years of weathering and disrepair, the two-storey timber viewing platform was revamped by Charles Cunniffe Architects (CCA), after the studio offered to redesign it as part

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Observe the growing popularity of co-working spaces via our new Pinterest board

Following the opening of a women’s only co-working club in New York, we’ve created a new board full of striking shared workspaces, including WeWork’s offices in a former Shanghai opium factory and a derelict Mexico City house transformed into a mixed-u…

Explore unusual treehouses on our updated Pinterest board

Inspired by Studio North’s recent birdhouse-like residence in Canada, we’ve refreshed our treehouses Pinterest board with projects including a pinecone-shaped hut in the Italian Alps and Snøhetta’s charred-timber cabin among the treetops in Sweden. Fol…

Birds and humans share wooden treehouse in western Canada by Studio North

In a mountainous valley in British Columbia, design-build firm Studio North has created an elevated A-frame dwelling that is meant to be used by campers and birds. The Birdhut is situated on a forested slope in Windermere, a small village in western Canada’s Columbia Valley. The pointy structure is lifted nine feet (2.7 metres) off

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Pinecone-shaped treehouse in the Dolomites allows visitors to sleep under the stars

A circular skylight in the tip of this pinecone-shaped treehouse by architect Claudio Beltrame in the Italian Alps allows the occupant to gaze up into the starry sky at night. The structure located in the town of Ugovizza in the Dolomites is available as a holiday let. Italian architect Claudio Beltrame created the treehouse in the shape of a

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Extremely pointed garden room features a treehouse-like design and a climbing wall

A climbing wall, a study and a bedroom are all contained within this Brisbane house extension, designed by Phorm Architecture + Design to be reminiscent of a treehouse. Described by the studio as a “detached residential extension”, the Taringa Treehouse is built under the shelter of a tree, in the backyard of a property in the Queensland city. The tree is one of a row

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Baca Architects bases treehouse hotel for Panama eco resort on a cocoa pod

London practice Baca Architects has designed a cocoa pod-shaped treehouse for an eco hotel located on a secluded Panama island, which is accessible only by boat. Baca Architects founder Richard Coutts was asked to design the treehouse as well as a larger residence for the Bíku Treehouse Retreat on the Bocas del Toro archipelago. The chain of islands in the Caribbean

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Single-room cabin by JacobsChang is set among trees in upstate New York

Manhattan studio JacobsChang designed this tiny blackened timber cabin on a shoestring budget for clients who built it in a forest in upstate New York with the help of their friends. The structure called Half-Tree House, is located in the woods in Barryville, roughly 100 kilometres north of New York City. It encompasses a single 360-square-foot

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Treehouse hotel room peeps above canopy of Mexico’s tropical woodland

Guests at an eco-hotel in Tulum, Mexico, can spend the night in a sculptural treehouse that overlooks expanses of green jungle and turquoise sea. The Treehouse suite is the latest addition to Papaya Playa Project – a resort operated by Design Hotels that stretches almost a kilometre along the Riviera Maya, between white sandy beach and

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Malan Vorster’s treehouse-like residence offers views of Cape Town forest

Four cylindrical towers are elevated on stilts to create this retreat in Cape Town, which was designed by local studio Malan Vorster to offer views among the trees. The Cape Town-based architects designed the residence for a client who wanted their hide-away in the Constantia suburb of the South African capital that resembles a tree house. The aim was to respond to the

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Planted terraces are interspersed among living spaces at Vo Trong Nghia’s Binh House

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed the latest in its House for Trees series – a property in Ho Chi Minh City featuring gardens set on top of multiple stacked levels that are visible through openings in the concrete walls. Nghia’s studio designed Binh House for a family of three generations, who wanted to feel connected within

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Sprayed polyurethane lends rocky appearance to orchard house by Šépka Architekti

A small concrete stalk supports the bulbous form of this unconventional home by Czech practice Šépka Architekti, which stands in a steeply sloping orchard on the outskirts of Prague. Šépka Architekti created the unusually shaped House in the Orchard in response to six large orchard trees that occupy the garden. Rising three stories high, it features a wide base

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Seven unusual treehouses you can sleep inside at Sweden’s Treehotel

Seven Scandinavian architects have now built treehouses for Sweden’s Treehotel, including a bird’s nest, a mirrored cube and the charred timber cabin added earlier this month by Snøhetta. Set up by Kent Lindvall and his wife Britta in 2010, the Treehotel offers themed lodgings for tourists venturing north of the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights.

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Snøhetta adds treetop cabin with stargazing net to Sweden’s Treehotel

Snøhetta has completed a treetop cabin for the Treehotel in northern Sweden, featuring charred-timber cladding and a suspended net for observing the Northern Lights. Set 10 metres above the forest floor in the crown of a tall pine tree and supported by 12 columns, The 7th Room provides views out over Swedish Lapland, to the Lule River and of

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Snøhetta’s charred-timber treehouse is the next addition to Sweden’s Treehotel

This charred-timber cabin by Snøhetta will be raised 10 metres above the forest floor and feature a “stargazing net” to allow guests to watch out for the Northern Lights. The cabin is the latest addition to Treehotel, a boutique hotel located in a pine forest in Swedish Lapland. Set up by Kent Lindvall and his wife Britta

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Wee Studio completes crowdfunded treehouses on the edge of a woodland stream

This pair of stilted wooden huts are set among poplar and hawthorn trees in a stretch of woodland at the foot of Mount Wuling in Beijing’s Miyun District (+ slideshow). Designed by local micro-architecture specialists Wee Studio, the tiny huts have a combined floor area of just 8 square metres. They host a tearoom, a bedroom and bathroom, and More

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Casa No Muro is a treehouse built on a wall instead of in a tree

Tasked with building a treehouse in a garden without a tree, French studios Saperlipopette Les Architectes and Martial Marquet Architecture have created a wooden structure that instead perches on a wall (+ slideshow). The client had promised his children a treehouse, but unfortunately the only tree overhanging his garden sits on the neighbouring property. To help create More

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Tubular glass house by Aibek Almassov could be built around a full-grown tree

A mature fir tree would be enclosed at the centre of this conceptual tubular glass house by Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov, which may finally become a reality now that potential investors have been found (+ slideshow). Tree in the House is designed by Almassov of A Masow Architects as an inverted treehouse, intended to provide an escape More

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Treehouse installed in Israel Museum playground by Ifat Finkelman and Deborah Warschawski

Architects Ifat Finkelman and Deborah Warschawski have built a slatted wooden structure around an old pine tree to update a courtyard space at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (+ slideshow). Situated at the entrance of the Israel Museum’s Youth Wing for Art Education, the IMJ Tree House provides a gathering point for both adult and children visitors. “As More

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Bamboo playhouse by Eleena Jamil built on a lake island in Kuala Lumpur’s botanical gardens

Malaysian architect Eleena Jamil has built a bamboo pavilion in Kuala Lumpur’s botanical gardens, featuring tree-like columns and a floor made up of 31 elevated platforms (+ slideshow). Eleena Jamil – whose past projects include a house a with horse shoe-shaped courtyard – designed The Bamboo Playhouse for the Perdana Botanical Gardens, a 92-hectare park in the centre of the city. The structure is based on […]

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Nozomi Nakabayashi creates writer’s hut on stilts in the Dorset woods

Sheltered beneath an oversized roof, this tiny timber cabin by AA graduate Nozomi Nakabayashi stands on stilts among the oak trees of a wood in Dorset, England (+ slideshow). Nakabayashi was commissioned to create Hut on Stilts for a writer after graduating from the Architectural Association’s Design and Make programme last summer. The small treehouse-like structure is elevated above a […]

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Noma Bar’s bird-shaped treehouse provides a vantage point over a Japanese woodland

Israeli illustrator Noma Bar has created a wooden pavilion shaped like a bird with a leafy back among the trees of a wood in central Japan (+ slideshow). Bar was commissioned by the Momofuku Ando cultural foundation – named after its founder, a 20th century inventor who was one of the creators of instant noodles – […]

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Treetop holiday home by Narein Perera stands between a rubber plantation and a jungle

Raised up by a framework of slender steel supports, this wooden holiday home offers a unique vantage point over a Sri Lankan rubber plantation and the jungle beyond (+ slideshow). Named Estate Bungalow, the building was designed by local architect Narein Perera to function as both a viewing platform over the client’s 17-hectare estate and a short-term […]

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Playhouse on stilts by Sharon Davis features a slide, a climbing frame and a lookout point

A stainless-steel slide curls down through the interior of this elevated playhouse, which is topped by a crow’s nest offering views over New York’s Hudson River Valley (+ slideshow). The Garrison Treehouse was designed by Manhattan studio Sharon Davis Design for the grounds of a farmstead in Garrison, a hamlet on the east bank of the Hudson River […]

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Treehouse Solling is raised above an artificial lake on criss-crossing steel beams

This arched timber treehouse by German architect Andreas Wenning is supported by a network of steel joists and provides a guesthouse for an old cottage (+ slideshow). Treehouse Solling features an elongated arched form made from spruce and steel struts, that is part clad in larch with a roof made from curving sheets of zinc. It was designed […]
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A tube of striped orange wood encloses Max Pritchard’s treetop studio

This cylindrical timber pavilion topped by a large flat roof was self-built by Australian architect Max Prichard as a tiny studio for his treetop residence (+ slideshow). Positioned on a hillside near Adelaide that overlooks the sea, Max Pritchard designed and built Tree Top studio as a quiet retreat for weekend work. Related story: West Virginia treehouse by Mithun hosts the […]
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