All images: Antony Gibbon
Treehouses are one of the key tenets of the internet (or at least, the archi-web). You could basically collapse "architecture" online into a handful of, ahem, "typologies" like pool houses, pods, cabins, and, yes, treehouses. Contrary to the laws of nature and web culture, a good treehouse never gets old. And how could they? They're whimsical, wistful, and come in perfectly packaged "sight bites" ready for consumption.
These conceptual tree "houses" by designer Antony Gibbon meet all of these criteria, plus they happen to look like something out of Lord of the Rings (think Lothlórien). Definitely not a bad thing!
Gibbon's Roost Treehouses are grafted onto tree trunks using a bracing system that neither harms nor impedes the growth or life of the tree. The tops of the curvilinear capsules serve as observation platforms, accessible by a spiral staircase which leads downward to an enclosed living space. The pods are clustered together in units so that there is only one point of connection to the ground. The structures are harnessed to the upper registers of the tree, near the canopy, offering plenty of views and safety from the harass of bears, snakes, and sleep-walking hobbits alike.