Living in Trees

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

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 …

Travel

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 …

Gardening

No Place Like Home: Step Inside Jim Olson’s Stunning Treetop Residence

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Design

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 …

Camping

A Little Cabin Cantilevered Over a Rocky Ledge in the Mountains

Like knots in a tree, compellingdesigns sometimes form around an impediment. When Maricela Salas and Mary McGoff purchased a piece of land in the Berkshires, they had no idea that a rocky ledge would complicate construction of the simple house they’d imagined. But it also gave them exactly what …

Architecture

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 …

Jungle Book

Dwell - Modern Prefabs in the Woods

As these five prefabs in the forest prove, modular construction is an ingenious solution for introducing modern homes into the wild.

Prefab Homes

Dwell - Modern Swings and Hammocks

Swing into the summer season with these pieces made for shooting the breeze.

Escape to Bro-topia

WASHOUGAL, WASH. — People talk about chucking their jobs. They say they will leave behind the madness of the city and hit the road.<p>A few drinks and they’re telling you about the epic hiking trip in the Sierra Nevada they’ll take or how magical the surf is in Baja California Sur, Mexico.<p>But nobody …

Sierra Nevada

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 …

Studio Apartment

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 …

Houses

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 …

Camping

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 …

Italy

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 …

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 …

Australia

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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 …

Outdoors

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 …

Treehouses

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 …

Luxury Lifestyle

This Hotel Takes the Treehouse to the NEXT Level

You can stay in these modern tree rooms in Sweden.<p>If you dream of those days spent in your childhood treehouse (or wish you had one growing up), this hotel is the next best thing. At the Treehotel in Harads, Sweden, you can have your choice of staying in six different contemporary tree rooms …

Sweden

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

The appeal of a treehouse is obvious to any kid, but it can seem like a daunting idea for adults. Nevertheless, cultural interest has erupted in recent years. You can vacation at a "treesort," or watch a reality show about treetop architecture, or even rent a room in a treehouse on Airbnb.<p>In this …

Airbnb

Hardscapes & Furnishings

8 Buildings Designed to Incorporate the Trees Around Them

Architecture has a rich history of unapologetically demanding massive amounts of land to create man's vision over nature's. However, a more …

Nature

Long time friends Tom Hare, a celebrated willow sculptor, and Zoe Lathbury have always talked about the dying Cherry tree at the back of Zoe’s garden …

Design

Benjamin Verdonck’s latest art work takes to the trees—literally—with an incredible sculptural tree house dubbed Vogelenzangpark 17bis. Made for the …

Treehouses

Tree House Retreat Made of Repurposed Materials

Radamés Figueroa, who goes by "Juni," is an artist who set aside his brushes to live in the trees. Trained as a painter and now working with constructed environments, he seeks to express what living in the tropics of Puerto Rico—where he was born and where he now makes his art—is like, at least in …

Treehouses

Penda designs flexible bamboo hotel to connect guests with nature

Design collective Penda has developed a concept for a flexible, portable hotel made from rods of bamboo, designed to bring guests closer to nature (+ …