Letting Nature Live: Antony Gibbons Designs

May 22, 2014

One of the most interesting and inspiring topics in architecture, to me, is biomimicry. I’ve written about it before in different articles but every time a new structure is nature inspired I smile a little and have to share the innovative designs with everyone.

Antony Gibbons is an architect whose designs are centered around nature and being a full part of their environment.  He uses native woods in his projects that will age and blend effortlessly into the surrounding wooded areas.

Four of his creations are:

  • The Nook
  • The Embryo
  • Inhabit Tree house
  • The Roost

The Nook is a Wigwam inspired structure that can be used as an alternative to the standard rustic cabin experience. There are two sized versions available, one with a single floor and one with two floors. The walls are angled planks to keep rain running off and the inner portion is sealed to keep out the elements. The roof is reinforced angled glass with an inner row that can be operated to keep out the cold and light as desired. The Nook even has recycled containers hidden underneath the structure that allow it to be built near water and float like a raft.

The Embryo is a 2-story tree dwelling that is clad with cedar shingles to blend in. It is attached to the tree with braces that do not interfere with the tree’s growth or cause the tree damage. It has hatch entries and stairs that spiral around and up the interior pod’s walls. Each Embryo is capable of sleeping eight people, has custom windows that are made to fit the area and it can be used without a tree, with a post for support instead.

The Inhabit Tree house is a cedar clad tree house that can be constructed in any environment. Its entrance is a trap door in the floor and it sleeps 4 to 6 people.

The final example of Antony Gibbons Designs is the Roost. It has received a lot of publicity and was rated in Gizmag’s Top Ten List in 2014 as discussed here: https://greenbuildingelements.com/2014/01/19/top-ten/. The Roost is similar to the Embryo with braces to support it to the tree and can also be used without the tree just a post for support. The Roost is a smaller structure, only sleeping two people but it does offer an interactive platform to be part of the environment.

This Architect with these designs has made beautiful pictures but more importantly they address a better way of life where one can truly get back to living in a world where nature is the biggest inspiration.

Resources: Antony Gibbons



Jennifer Shockley

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.