There is a magical quality about treehouses, a home ensconced in the forest that feels at once peaceful and playful. When young dreamers grow up and become architects, the fulfillment of this fantasy often results in amazing results, whether the home is actually built into the trees or nestled among massive trunks to give an immersive feel. Whether you're looking for a cocoon-like escape from the city or a timber fortress to proclaim your enchanted territory, these nine arboreal homes will surely spark your imagination:
This house in the trees in Victoria Park, Australia was created as a place for choir practice. The client's request was for "a small habitat that connected them with the isolation one finds in a forest, and the closeness to the birdlife."
In a dense forest region in New Zealand, the goal was to build a dwelling that fit in among the tree canopies. Entry to the site is steep, with a winding path that leads to the house among the native foliage. A porch off of the living room area allows for peaceful gazing.
Casa SaMa in Mexico City faced the challenge of building a home amid trees that did not receive much natural light and warmth. The resulting house rests on a minimum amount of ground space and with strategic window placement, manages to get the most out of the light available.
In this classic interpretation of a treehouse, the architects describe the origin of this project as being "fun, frivolity, and fantasy." The designers who worked in collaboration were just as careful with the final details as they were in the actual construction of the house.
This home, built over the course of 10 years, was created to be "energy efficient, small yet spacious, and cozy, yet filled with natural light and connected to the outside."
Designed with a Japanese aesthetic in mind, the Blue House was built for a young couple who wanted a small eco-friendly abode in the trees.
At the Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park in Portugal, the challenge was to make "an object that could recreate the fantasy of the treehouses," while staying environmentally friendly and creating a look so seamless to the natural area that it was nearly invisible.
This treehouse gets a dose of adulthood with the addition of an office. Still, the canyon views framed by mahogany windows are more luxe than your 10-year-old self could have imagined.
Is it a treehouse or a pagan watchtower relic? This timber structure was actually the set of a play depicting the life of a powerful Norwegian shaman. Now, if only that shaman’s decedents would put the property up on AirBnB.
King of the Frogs by baumraum
Set in a backyard in Münster, Germany, this house capitalizes on its suburban locale by perching on eight spindles above a reflecting pool.