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Tree Snake Houses by Rebelo de Andrade Studio in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park

Tree Snake Houses by Rebelo de Andrade Studio in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park | sustainable architecture |

Inspired by the form of a snake, Architects Rebelo de Andrade Studio has designed two Tree Snake Houses where each structure glides sinuously amongst the trees in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park.

Taking their inspiration from the long and tapered proportions of a snake, Lisbon-based architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade & Tiago Rebelo de Andrade of Rebelo de Andrade Studio, have designed two concurrent Tree Snake Houses. Rather than build a treehouse in the branches of a tree, the distinctive snake-like houses, with their slate and wood facades, appear to glide sinuously amongst the trees. The structures become elevated and are raised on stilts as the ground dips downwards. Enjoying a close physical association with the one-hundred year old Pedras Salgadas Park, their aspect is one that is congruous with the park’s natural surroundings. Close attention was paid to making sure that they neither dominated nor vied for attention (despite their eye-catching appearance)...

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A special kind of tree house

Architect Andreas Wenning specializes in designing structures at lofty heights. He has already realized floating abodes under the open sky for hotels in Germany, Argentina and Florida, either suspended from trees or, where nature hadn’t provided the necessary framework itself, on stilts. In the Belgian municipality of Hechtel-Eksel, he has conceived a meeting room for international paper manufacturer Sappi.
The aim was to create a meeting space whereby sustainability was made a priority from the very first sketch. Accordingly, they chose wood as their main building material: installed in line with an elegant, timeless formal vocabulary. The rounded structure, the sloping supports and the roof, which envelops the entire building, lend the tree house a unique futuristic aesthetic. The conference area is divided across two floors, 5.5 meter and 6.5 meter above the ground, respectively, offering a free view of the surrounding landscape and even including a café and lounge area, and service facilities.
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Sustainable Treehouse Architecture for a Contemporary Coastal Home

Sustainable Treehouse Architecture for a Contemporary Coastal Home | sustainable architecture |

This house is integrated with nature, sustainably designed and features a pared back palette infused with just the right amount of contrast.

Originally designed by Bark Design, the architects adopted principles of authenticity, economy, durability and simplicity into the design. A change in ownership gave the opportunity to further explore and refine the dwelling for its new occupants.

In the words of the architects, "The basic ‘pavilion’ plan was sketched out in the sand during an early site visit. A simple diagram of two timber pavilions placed either side of a 50 year old Morton Bay Ash ensures that the tree takes centre stage to the scale, proportions and life of the house around it. Celebrating its natural, coastal setting, the house provides its occupants with an inextricable link to the landscape. Exploring ideas of lightness, layers of transparency and integrating indoor/outdoor living within dynamic patterns of light and shadow, the Marcus Beach house is a simple frame to enable a contemporary coastal lifestyle to unfold within a very special landscape.

Becky Schivley Mather's comment, July 16, 2013 9:22 PM
The Swiss Family Robinson would have loved this!
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A modern treehouse designed to dissolve into the landscape

A modern treehouse designed to dissolve into the landscape | sustainable architecture |

This home, known as the "Tree house”, is perched on a steep forested hillside above the Great Ocean Road and Bass Strait in Victoria.

In designing the Tree house, architects Jackson Clements Burrows, drew on the modest local vernacular of 1950’s painted fibro shacks, by using cement sheets with expressed batten joints to dissolve the house into the surrounding landscape. The 2 tone green colour scheme used for the exterior helped to merge the building with the vegetation on the hillside on which it sits. The vertical timber battens on the building are a naturally stained timber, which will silver over time like the branches and trunks of trees in the bush surrounds.

The changing light and colours throughout the day further engage the home with its bushland context...

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Penda designs flexible bamboo hotel to connect guests with nature

Penda designs flexible bamboo hotel to connect guests with nature | sustainable architecture |

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

One With the Birds was developed by Penda – based in Vienna and Beijing – for the AIM Legend of the Tent competition in China, which challenged architects to develop low-impact tent-themed hotels offering a closer connection with the outdoors.

Penda came up with a concept for a flexible bamboo structure that can be easily expanded horizontally and vertically. Find more details at the article.

A. Perry Homes's curator insight, July 15, 2014 2:38 PM

FInally, our Swiss Family Robinson dream has come true, and we can vacation in the trees! 

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Treehouse architecture in Mexico

Treehouse architecture in Mexico | sustainable architecture |

This stunning treehouse in Mexico as actually one of four townhouses built in a beautiful garden filled plot where going up made the most sense given the small footprint and the lovely views of the surrounding trees.

Designed by Alejandro Sachez Garcia architecture, each townhouse is 3 storeys with 2 sides of glass and 2 sides in timber slatting for privacy. Each home has a rooftop garden and features a strong connection to the balmy outdoors. - See more at:

Travis Haggerty's curator insight, August 5, 2013 11:46 AM

So many awesome places to live! #beautiful 

Lili Dávila's curator insight, August 7, 2013 11:31 PM

Im curious to know what part of Mexico is this house in?

Jason, Charlie's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:08 PM

NORTH AMERICA!!!    Intellectual: This articles takes you on a wondeful journey through the creation of the wonderful treehouses in Mexico.  They are truly amazing.

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Sustainable Treehouse Community in the Costa Rican Jungle

Sustainable Treehouse Community in the Costa Rican Jungle | sustainable architecture |

Finca Bellavista is a community of interconnected sustainable treehouses set high in the trees of the Costa Rican jungle.

Simply one of these extraordinary sustainable treehouses would be amazing, but a whole network of interconnected treehouses  is indescribable.  Finca Bellavista is a community of tree dwellers living high in the foliage of the Costa Rican jungle.

Community founders, Mateo and Erica Hogan discovered the 62-acrea property on the edge of the Rio Bellavista River with the intention of creating an escape for themselves. Upon brainstorming options for affording the property, they settled on building a treehouse structure and inviting friends and others to join them, the result is the interconnected treehouse community we've shared below. Each structure is connected by bridges and zip lines, which they liken to "the Ewok village in Return of the Jedi."

Bubba Muntzer's comment, June 10, 2013 10:16 AM
Interesting, how the Swiss Family Robinson tree house effect almost made me not stop to wonder whose land they're living on.
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Tree Hotel in Harads: a reflection of the natural surroundings

Tree Hotel in Harads: a reflection of the natural surroundings | sustainable architecture |

A tree hotel in the far north of Sweden, near the small village of Harads, close to the polar circle. A shelter up in the trees; a lightweight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, a 4x4x4 meters box clad in mirrored glass. The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is all made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view of the surroundings.

The construction also alludes to how man relates to nature, how we use high tech materials and products when exploring remote places in harsh climates (Gore-tex, Kevlar, composite materials, light weight tents etc). The functions included provides for a living for two people; a double bed, a small bath room, a living room and a roof terrace...

linh pham's curator insight, September 17, 2014 12:36 AM

One of the unique hotel in the world. A tree hotel give our customers a new experience giving a most boutique architecture .The room is hung on the tree look like a square with bed room and small bath room, living room.
That was a great idea for new customer finding a new experience to sleep in the forest but have a standard of a hotel room. The great idea for customer but not really good for environment, the water and electricity are also required for the room