Living in Trees

By Cecily Mak | The art and magic of living in and among trees

Tree House in Cape Town Makes for Peaceful Hideaway

The creative team at Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design was challenged to design a nature hideaway in Cape Town, South Africa. This modern …

Architecture

Plans unveiled for an incredible spiral treetop walkway in Denmark

How can you fully experience the beauty of a forest while protecting it? One solution this Danish architecture firm has come up with is to give people the chance to walk above the treetops.<p>The new attraction called the Treetop Experience will sit above the protected Gisselfeld Klosters Skove forest …

Lonely Planet

This Is What Hippie Architecture Looks Like

Anyone can throw on bell bottoms and a flower crown, but the real devotees to the hippie scene back in the '60s and '70s had much stronger roots in the cause. They built and lived out of treehouse-like structures, transforming vegetation, bric-a-brac, and remnants of condemned buildings into a type …

Floating Cabin Lets Nature-Lovers Sleep in the Treetops of Sweden

If you’ve ever dreamed of cuddling up in a contemporary treehouse, the 7th Room Treehotel may be your new favorite getaway. Designed by Snøhetta—a design office that dabbles in landscaping, architecture, interiors, and brand design—the floating bungalow is tucked away in Northern Sweden and …

Cabins

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Float Above the Forest at these Gorgeous Thai Villas

Despite attracting a constant stream of travelers, Phuket offers some of Thailand's most serene beaches and tranquil rainforests. You might not …

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Eat in a Treehouse While Waiters Zipline to Your Table

A resort in Thailand is bringing the fine dining concept to completely new heights. Literally. Luxury playground, Soneva Kiri, invites guests to …

This luxury treehouse with spa deck and slide is everything

Glamping at its best<p>Glamping meets the crafty treehouse in this luxury forest retreat near England’s Jurassic Coast. Propped on stilts and built around a sinewy mature oak tree, the two-story structure features a delightfully mish-mash exterior, with a facade made of chestnut log stacks, oak laths, …

Architecture

Treehouses on top of the world: Zip-lining to lodgings in Laos

During our honeymoon, my wife strapped herself to a steel cable, kissed me goodbye and threw herself off the side of a mountain. I watched as she disappeared into the jungle mist, leaving only her scream.<p>Then it was my turn.<p>I clipped my roller to the zip-line, took a running start and flew high …

Travel

View from the Top: Luxury Tree House Hotels

We all love a good novelty getaway ( Disney-inspired vacay , anyone?). After all, there's nothing cooler than being ahead of the travel trends and …

Gardens in the sky: The rise of green urban architecture

<b>(CNN) —</b> With its balconies bursting with trees and shrubs, the "Bosco Verticale," or "Vertical Forest" is giving rise to an entirely new take on the traditional idea of the urban jungle.<p>As city dwellers feel the squeeze on their living space and recreational areas, the twin residential towers in …

Construction

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This Hanging Tent Makes Camping Way More Fun

Because who really likes sleeping on the ground, anyway?<p>If you want a truly authentic experience in nature, this hanging tent is as close as you can get. It's called the Cacoon and was designed by a husband and wife team, Nick and Sarah. After stumbling upon a colony of tiny hanging nests created …

Travel

Ever Wanted to Stay in an Ancient Trullo in Puglia, Italy?

Experience the unique architectural heritage of Italy’s Apulia region at Brindisi Trulli, an ancient trullo that was transformed into a modern vacation rental home.<p>If you’re traveling to Puglia in Italy, one of the most iconic sights are trulli (trullo is the singular), an ancient hut that's …

20 Magical Treehouse Rentals For Giddy Grown-Ups

Why stay on the ground when you can sleep in the trees? No, not like a monkey sleeps in the trees.<p>Disney is bringing everybody’s favorite childhood …

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Take a Tour of Kengo Kuma’s Expansion of the Portland Japanese Garden

It’s not surprising that Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's first public commission in the U.S. is unmistakably Japanese.<p>Nestled in an urban forest surrounded by a residential neighborhood in the hills of Portland, Oregon, the Portland Japanese Garden is a beloved cultural attraction that was starting …

Camp in the Air: New Suspended Treehouse Tents and Hammocks Designed by Tentsile

Since we last mentioned Tensile tents around this time last year, the company has unveiled several new models of their fantastic suspended tent …

You Have to See This Treehouse Built Inside a Studio Apartment!

A Cabin in a Loft, located in Brooklyn, New York, is one part studio apartment, one part treehouse and all parts cool. Living and working in their one-room apartment, owners and artists Terri and Adam realized they needed a little more privacy to separate their home decor business, Chiaozza, from …

Lofts

Waternest 100 – Ecological Floating Habitat Recyclable Up To 98%

<b>WaterNest 100</b> is an awesome, eco-friendly floating home. Designed by Giancarlo Zema for EcoFloLife, this green architecture design consists of 100sqm …

Architecture

Hammock Tents Will Have You Sleeping In The Heavens

If you love sleeping under the stars but hate the discomfort of traditional tents, we have two words that will change the way you do the outdoors: Hammock. Tents.<p>Imagine falling asleep suspended over the rugged earth and <i>not</i> directly on it. Yep. Champion levels of outdoor relaxation …

U.S. Army

Italy's Epic Treehouse Apartments Fulfill Everyone's Childhood Dreams

Treehouses used to be total kid territory, but now adults are taking them over in the coolest housing trend around.<p>The best example we've seen of these "adult" treehouse apartments is in Turin, Italy, where one apartment building stands out like a <i>green</i> thumb. Designed by architect Luciano Pia, the …

Architecture

How One Startup Is Elevating Camping With A Tree House You Carry With You

After a design theft in China and amid a growing market, how the tree-tent company Tentsile is making waves in camping and ecotourism.<p>Alex Shirley-Smith was a tree house architect. In 2013, fed up with designing custom-made suspended abodes that bordered on the extravagant for his wealthy …

National Parks

Practical and Inspiring Tree-House Granny Flat in Queensland, Australia

With the cost of construction and renovation processes skyrocketing, investing in an affordable low cost second dwelling on your existing house lot …

These Treehouses Are Even Better in Winter

You might think sleeping in a treehouse is tailor-made for summer (hello cool breezes and rustling of leaves), but if you go in winter you’re in for a treat. A cozy fireplace perched above the forest floor makes the experience of waking up among the branches a surreal experience. And, bonus—winter …

Cabins

Awesome Tree House, Humboldt County, California!

7 Romantic Tree House Rentals for V-Day

This Valentine’s Day, skip the expensive dinner and make a unique rental choice — a tree house! Whether you’re glamping or looking for a fancy hotel, a tree house is the perfect romantic rendezvous. Surrounded by nature in a cozy little house for two: What could be better? We’re sharing seven of …

Holidays

8 Luxury Treetop Stays To Experience

<b>Whether it's a luxury tree house or a lodge above the forest canopy, these treetop stays all add a sense of adventure to your travel experience.</b><p><b>1. TONGABEZI</b><p><b>Livingstone and Victoria Falls, ZAMBIA</b><p>Victoria Falls is one of nature's great spectacles as the River Zambezi comes crashing down from sheer …

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