Published on November 15th, 2012 | by Jennifer Shockley


Treehouses All Grown Up in Stunning Architectural Designs

November 15th, 2012 by  

Some of the best, most inspiring modern architectural designs that work with nature also are a remarkable play on childhood fantasies. An earlier article by Glenn Meyers discussed floating homes. Other articles discuss different uses for materials used to make homes like trees as the replacement for rubber.

This article highlights the use of trees in architectural brilliance as tree houses. Three different beautiful buildings are

  • The conference center
  • The Redwoods Treehouse
  • The Wilkinson Residence

The conference center


Hechtel-Eksel Conference Room

Hechtel-Eksel’s stair/skylight

The conference center was designed by German architects, Baumraum Architects in the forests of Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium as a group commissioned project for four companies. The companies are Sappi, The Flemish Forest & Nature Agency, Hechtel-Eksel and Proximity.

The Redwoods Treehouse

Walkway to Redwoods Treehouse

Day photo of Redwoods Treehouse

Redwoods Interior

The Redwoods Treehouse was originally part of the marketing campaign for the Yellow Pages but now it has become a permanent diner in Auckland, New Zealand. It is built ten meters (33 feet) above the ground in the trees. It was designed by Pacific Environment Architects.

Wilkinson Residence

Wilkinson Interior

The Wilkinson Residence built for owner Roy Wilkinson by architect Robert Harvey Oshatz in Portland, Oregon is designed to be almost inseparable from its surrounding.

The materials of all the buildings are sustainable but the images that they present are magical.

This is just a short introductory to three amazingly sustainable, imaginary-brought-to-life buildings that show how beautiful, nature-inspired places can be.

Resources: PlanetSave, GizMag and Floating Home Not Treehouse

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About the Author

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.

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