6 impressive structures built around living trees

February 28, 2017 by  
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Treehouses hold a special magic. They hint at escape, and an opportunity to transcend the busyness of life; connect with nature. An example of man-made structures that harmonize with the environment , treehouses have inspired architects and designers around the world to build homes and offices that do the same. We’ve rounded up six examples of architecture influenced by treehouse design: four homes , one office, and one tearoom. All are designed around living trees , allowing inhabitants to breathe easy surrounded by greenery. Uncle’s House by 3 Atelier The living area of this light-filled home in Vietnam centers around a flourishing tree that is large enough for children to climb. The architects at 3 Atelier built this home for their uncle and his family, using materials reminiscent of the parents’ childhood homes. Not only does Uncle’s House inspire kids to engage with nature, they can even grow vegetables in the dirt around its base. Related: Snøhetta’s luxury cabin with Aurora Borealis views opens at Treehotel Inside Out House by Takeshi Hosaka One tree wouldn’t suffice for the Inside Out House by Takeshi Hosaka in Tokyo, Japan . From the outside, the cubic home is simple and modern. Inside, multiple trees and plants bring the outdoors inside. Sliding glass doors offer flexibility, and natural light permeates the home through skylights , creating a serene sanctuary in which humans and cats coexist. Symbiosis office by Cong Sinh Architects New developments are increasingly crowding out green spaces in the southern part of Hue, Vietnam. So Cong Sinh Architects designed Symbiosis, a peaceful office rooted in the environment in the midst of the bustling city . Expansive windows on both floors of the office overlook a green oasis full of vines and a tree. The shade from the greenery even helps regulate the office temperature. Tree House by A. Masow Design Studio A. Masow Design Studio unveiled astounding plans for the ultimate treehouse: an entire tree wrapped in a glass facade in Kazakhstan . A spiral staircase would allow the owner to move between four levels, circumnavigating the tree as they moved from floor to floor. The glass allows natural light to stream in and provides an unobstructed view of the surrounding woods. House in the Trees by Anonymous Architects This cantilevered Echo Park home takes the treehouse concept to new heights. House in the Trees by Anonymous Architects rests on a hillside overlooking Los Angeles , and was carefully constructed so as not to harm neighboring mature cypress trees, one of which extends through a bedroom in the home. Fire-treated Western red cedar siding, reclaimed chestnut floors, and walnut cabinetry add to the woodsy , natural feel of the cozy California dwelling. Bird’s Nest Atami by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP A 300-year-old camphor tree in Japan now includes a tiny teahouse nestled among its branches. Bird’s Nest Atami, designed by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP with the help of Takashi Kobayashi , is part of the country’s largest treehouse. Inspired by how crows utilize coat hangers in nests , Nakamura designed the freestanding teahouse to rest among the 22-meter-tall tree on light structural elements without harming the tree. The earthy interior also includes wood furnishings, inviting tea drinkers to relax in nature . Images via Quang Dam , © Koji Fujii by Nacasa & Partners Inc., Hiroyuki Oki , A. Masow Design Studio , Anonymous Architects , and Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP , by Koji Fujii/Nacasa and Partners Inc.

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Romantic Treehouse huts are tucked away in Beijings tranquil mountains

October 6, 2016 by  
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Wee Studio’s Treehouse structures aren’t treehouses in the strict sense of the word—the timber huts are elevated, but not onto a tree. The name is likely inspired by its placement inside the grove of five poplar trees and two hawthorn trees. The 8-square-meter prefabricated buildings were built with a steel frame and comprise two polyhedrons connected by a deck. The larger of the two huts houses a tearoom with tatami flooring and overlooks the adjacent stream through large floor-to-ceiling glazing on the north side. A skylight frames views of the sky and trees and helps make the interior feel larger than its small footprint lets on. The second hut contains the bathroom. The structures are elevated off the ground to minimize site impact and to give the Treehouse the illusion of floating among the trees. The buildings are wrapped in a thermal insulating layer and are heated in winter. Related: Dramatic Dartmoor Treehouse is Woven From Wood Like a Bird’s Nest “The building of Treehouse is a practice of Wee Studio about the subtle relationship between nature and inhabitation, as well as an exploration about how to achieve the architecture in the era of internet now,” write the architects. “At the end of 2015, we initiated a crowdfunding on the Internet which had a great response in a short time. More than just about building a Treehouse on our own, the practice is more about inviting more people with same interests into the process of design and construction and having fun with it. The Treehouse is a space where you can communicate with mountain, trees, the sky and stream.” + Wee Studio Via ArchDaily Images via Wee Studio , © Sun Haiting – RoadsideAlien Studio

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Belgian supermarket unveils plan to sell food grown on their own rooftop garden

October 6, 2016 by  
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A Belgian supermarket has unveiled plans to sell produce that will be about as local as it gets. The Boondael branch of the Delhaize supermarket chain in Ixelles, Belgium plans to start selling vegetables grown in a garden and greenhouse on the roof of their building starting in the summer of 2017. 320 square meters of rooftop space, or around 3,444 square feet, will be devoted to growing produce. Half of that space will be set aside for a greenhouse and half will allow the store to cultivate vegetables in open air. When the weather doesn’t permit use of the open air space, the store can continue growing produce in the greenhouse. The produce grow on the supermarket’s rooftop will be sold at a cheaper price than the organic produce they offer. Related: ‘Kinetic’ rooftop garden uses pallets and plants to create the illusion of movement Although ” in theory ” the produce they grow could be described as organic, technically the produce won’t receive the organic label as it is “not cultivated directly in natural soil but on a rooftop,” according to the supermarket. Delhaize hopes schools and the community will get in on the action through visits and participation. Brussels Minister for the Environment Céline Fremault told The Brussels Times, “Developing healthy, quality vegetables, based upon short cycles, is one of the challenges for the Brussels region…If everyone embraces the idea, as Delhaize has done, we will attain our target of 30 percent of fruit and vegetable production through urban agriculture, way before 2035, as is currently planned.” If all goes as planned, Delhaize will be the ” first food store in Belgium ” to grow their own produce on their rooftop. The pilot project will help Delhaize evaluate how the idea works – they don’t yet know how much product they’ll be able to grow – and if a rooftop garden can be implemented at other stores. Via RTBF and The Brussels Times Images via Delhaize and Pixabay

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Apple Headquarters is finally complete and it’s an adorable treehouse

August 15, 2016 by  
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The treehouse sits in a garden in Limhamn, Sweden. It was built using two large plywood sheets “jigsawed into an interlocking apple shape,” and then clad with poly-carbonate sheets to fortify the treetop headquarters. According to the architect, “The interior of this stake-out is a bench, some thin plywood shelves for books and a periscope hidden inside a rotating apple twig to spy on the surrounding villa gardens.” Related: Anders Berensson unveils wooden Trätoppen skyscraper with a numerical facade Anders Berensson Architects are no strangers to creative, organic spaces. They’ve also created innovative designs like the Haystack Cafe, the mind-bending  Chop Stick swing set and the idyllic Guest Harbor House . We’d happily swap out our smartphone for a chance to play in this Apple Headquarters. + Anders Berensson Architects

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These 12 enchanting treehouses are what dreams are made of

August 14, 2016 by  
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If you’ve ever dreamed of disappearing into the trees and getting away from it all, be warned: this image gallery may give you some serious treehouse envy. From suspended bridges to spiral staircases, these enchanting little dwellings will have you itching to pack up and move right in. The good news? A few of them are available for you to book a visit on your next vacation!

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Adorable Apple Headquarters treehouse pays homage to its dead host

August 11, 2016 by  
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The treehouse sits in a garden in Limhamn, Sweden. It was built using two large plywood sheets “jigsawed into an interlocking apple shape,” and then clad with poly-carbonate sheets to fortify the treetop headquarters. According to the architect, “The interior of this stake-out is a bench, some thin plywood shelves for books and a periscope hidden inside a rotating apple twig to spy on the surrounding villa gardens.” Related: Anders Berensson unveils wooden Trätoppen skyscraper with a numerical facade Anders Berensson Architects are no strangers to creative, organic spaces. They’ve also created innovative designs like the Haystack Cafe, the mind-bending  Chop Stick swing set and the idyllic Guest Harbor House . We’d happily swap out our smartphone for a chance to play in this Apple Headquarters. + Anders Berensson Architects

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Gaza man’s DIY solar desalination machine can produce 2.6 gallons of fresh water every day

August 11, 2016 by  
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In the Gaza region, decades of Israeli-Palestinian conflict have resulted in a severe drinking water shortage, as some 90 percent of the water supply is unfit for human consumption. One local man has created a solar-powered desalination device that turns undrinkable water into healthy, fresh H2O. Fayez al-Hindi’s homemade distillation setup could help save Gaza, as residents are at risk for running out of water in a matter of months, according to some news reports. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ1NCW5eDNs “Sunshine is readily available in our country,” the inventor says of his homemade desalination tank. In an attempt to address the water shortage with a sustainable solution, al-Hindi built a simple distillation tank that separates clean water from pollutants and salt. The inventor’s system produces about 2.6 gallons of water daily, which is just enough for he and his family’s basic drinking and cooking needs. Related: New chemical-free desalination tech helps bring water surplus to Israel Of course, many folks were concerned about how safe al-Hindi’s distilled water could be, so the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility tested the water and found that his process is working. Lab technician Mohamed Abu Shamaleh called the results “fascinating” and applauded al-Hindi for finding a way to take an old water treatment method and make it new by using solar power . Now, al-Hindi is working to help other local residents build their own distillation systems, so that more people can have easy access to safe drinking water. It will be years or perhaps decades before the region’s infrastructure is repaired, so homemade water purification systems like this one may become essential to survival for thousands of people in Gaza. Via AJ+ Images via AJ+ via screenshot

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Portuguese villagers built a beautiful treehouse with its own boardwalk

April 14, 2016 by  
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New luxury treehouse village in Surrey boasts fairytale turrets and a copper roof

March 9, 2016 by  
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The 5 best solar chargers for every kind of traveler

March 9, 2016 by  
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