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Sculptural treehouses form invisible city by shuster moseley

sculptural treehouses form invisible city by shuster moseley

envisioned by its designers claudia moseley and edward shuster as a ‘a conceptual matryoshka doll of culture-within-nature-within-culture’, ‘the invisible city‘ is a series of treehouses arranged around the boating lake in london’s regent’s park. 

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geometric ‘peace pods’ suspend participants in nature

designed with jerry tate architects, the project creates individual sanctuaries that both reveal and strengthen relationships between nature, society and culture.

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the treehouses are arranged around the boating lake in london’s regent’s park

the project is comprised of three giant pavilions that are capable of hosting large audiences and a diverse range of art forms. ‘the aerial arena’ is a giant timber structure found at the center point of the site. wrapped in a transparent skin, it can hold 100 seated attendees.

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the project is currently seeking funding on kickstarter, with the campaign ending on march 28th, 2014

‘the hive gallery’ is completely suspended from the branches of its tree offering its occupants a new perspective on the world below.

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the pavilions offer views across the water

the final typology are ‘peace pods’, geometric hubs that suspend participants in nature, creating intimate spaces for contemplation and conversation.

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wrapped in a transparent skin, the ‘aerial arena’ can hold 100 seated attendees

through intervening with the existing city the scheme redefines the relationship between nature and culture and celebrates the value and importance of public external space within the urban fabric.

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‘the hive gallery’ offers its occupants a new perspective on the world below

the project, which has won the support of helena bonham carter and tim burton, is currently seeking funding on kickstarter, with the campaign ending on march 28th, 2014. 100% of the funds generated will be used towards the construction and production of the scheme.

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the giant timber structure found at the heart of the site

the scheme intends to facilitate a network of collaborators, allowing a range of people to become involved in the project’s realization, curating a series of cultural exchanges that reflect the network of ideas generated throughout the campaign.

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the pods create intimate spaces for contemplation and conversation


Terrific Treehouses: 10 Brilliant Topiary Masterpieces (PHOTOS)

It’s inescapable– the urge to walk away from our civilized lives and find peace in nature.  For every cubicle and cookie cutter suburb, there’s a man or a woman who desires for an escape to our natural roots.  Treehouse living has been the dream of many since childhood, and to celebrate our drive to escape here are 10 of the very best treehouses in the modern world.

SUSTAINABILITY TREEHOUSE02sustainability-treehouse_1

Looking to elevate your living a bit?  02 Sustainability might have the answer.  This Minneapolis-based architecture firm creates a range of treehouse options that shine in their geometric glory.  Built with a metal frame, plywood floor and canvas shell, the 02 Sustainability Treehouses are a solid temporary-term option to canopy-level living. [link]


The 4TREEHOUSE treetop dwelling by Lukasz Kos is as much modern as it is natural.  Featuring a few cutting edge architectural facets available today, like slatted wood privacy shutters and cascading lighting effects, 4TREEHOUSE is where the Gehry’s and the Wrights of the treehouse world might reside.  Additionally, the slatted siding provides plenty of protection, both in and out, from falling to the ground below. [link]


If you really want to escape the rat race, here is the office for you.  Can you imagine this daily commute?  Leave the city, drive until the trees outnumber the houses, you’ve got the perfect spot to build your business– that is, as long as your business is tele-mobile.  This Treetop Office is the daytime dwelling of Peter Frazier, a man who got fed up with the habits of the urban working world.  Do you blame him for choosing this as his office? [link]

BAUMRAUM TREEHOUSESbaumraum-treehouse_1

When it comes to modern treehouses, there is no name more respected than Baumraum.  Baumraum Treehouses span a wide range of styles and designs, but the one shown here is amongst their most progressive.  This angular arboreal architecture is comprised of a wooden frame and wall structure and long glass windows that create a unique new style of treehouse.  Have you seen one more modern than this?  [link]


Looking to take a relaxing vacation in the woods… and not be spotted by a soul?  Harad’s Reflective Tree Hotel can give you the privacy you need, plus the greatest canopy-level view the woods can offer.  If you’re walking below this one unawares, you might miss in completely.  That is the special character this treehouse provides… [link]

GROWING TREE ARCHITECTUREgrowing-tree-architecture_1

As the trees on this treehouse grow, its structure grows stronger.  Ever seen a tree grow over a fence, wrap around a power line or otherwise?  These artificially-selected trees are designed to bolster and support the structure of this treetop building.  Over time, this home will become stronger and stronger, as will the trees that have been born as its frame. [link]

FREE SPIRIT SPHERES TREEHOUSESfree-spirit-spheres-treehouses_1

Sharing a bit of inspiration with the triangular-fashioned 02 Sensability Treehouse above, the Free Spirit Spheres Treehouses are among this list’s most unique.  These floating forest forms can house a small family for long weekends and provide a comfortable retreat from urban living.  Just choose your spot, pick up a Free Spirit Sphere and hoist it high in the sky.  You’ve got a cabin like none other.  [link]

ALNWICK GARDENS TREEHOUSEalnwick-gardens-treehouse_1

Does the Alnwick Gardens Treehouse look a bit disconnected from the rest of this list?  It may not be as contemporary as the others, but this Alnwick Treehouse has a size advantage over any you may ever set foot in.  This hardwood colossus could provide shelter for countless travelers, and an experience none of them will forget.  Don’t get lost in this one, it may be the largest treehouse ever created. [link]

YELLOW TREEHOUSE RESTAURANTyellow-treehouse-restaurant_1

Do you prefer outdoor seating?  This treehouse restaurant may be the ultimate destination in that regard.  The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand features all the style and circumstance of the city, but with the lavish location that only the forest can provide.  Enjoy your five star meal while the music of the forest provides your soundtrack. [link]

JOEL SHERMAN STEEL TREE HOUSEjoel-sherman-steel-treehouse_1

Wait a minute, a steel treehouse?  That doesn’t quite fit.  If you look at  Joel Sherman’s Steel Tree House, however, you’re sold on it’s uniquity.  This steel-beamed stilt home shows what could be created if trees were out of the equation.  While there may be many high structure homes of the sort, Joel Sherman’s project shows what could be for high elevation architecture without the use of trees.  Let’s hope it never comes to that! [link]