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20 Ridiculously Awesome Treehouses
1. Free Spirit Spheres
These treehouses are designed to be as unobtrusive as possible – almost as unobtrusive as an actual tree. That spirit of unobtrusiveness is reflected in many treehouses, including many of the ones on this list, but this is one of the most unobtrusive treehouses of them all. In fact, it’s practically invisible.
This brightly-illuminated treehouse is best described as a “Japanese lantern on stilts,” impeccably designed to allow light to filter down through the treetops to the forest floor. The effect is a pleasant light show that makes this one treehouse that looks better at night than it does during the day.
4. The Living Tree House
Designed as a futuristic update to the homes built by Habitat for Humanity, this treehouse’s unusual exterior is belied by its completely normal interior. This is just a conceptual drawing, but if the reality even comes close to matching the original image than it should be an awesome treehouse for the ages.
5. Takashi Kobayashi Nescafe Treehouse
Takashi Kobayashi is a world-renowned builder of treehouses, and this one commissioned for a Japanese Nescafe commercial is one of his best works. As you can see from the photos, this treehouse is designed for all-year-round use, although one would assume it’s a little less pleasant in winter than it is in the springtime!
7. O2 Sustainability Tree
This treehouse was designed first and foremost with the environment in mind. In addition to its eco-friendly design, it’s also made completely out of recycled materials. This commitment to the environment is one of the chief appeals of the “treehouse lifestyle” in the minds of many people.
10. Blue Forest Tree Towers
This treehouse, also from Blue Forest, features an even more castle-like appearance, complete with spires and towers. These castle-like treehouses can range from simple one-tower setups to huge elaborate castles like the ones you see here. It all depends on how much money you’re willing to spend on a castle in the trees.
11. More From Blue Forest
All the treehouses from Blue Forest (and all decent treehouses), put an emphasis on safety. Note the rails in the above photos. These rails are unobtrusive visually, but they could make all the difference when it comes to actually spending time in a tree house. After all, nobody wants to end up flat on the ground in front of their treehouse, no matter how cool it looks.
Many treehouses incorporates ropes into their designs for a more fun, organic feeling. Rope bridges are another feature you often see in treehouses, although special care has to be taken so as not to sacrifice safety for fun. This commitment to safety AND fun are a big part of any respectable treehouse builder.
13. Tree Mansion
Some treehouses are more like tree mansions, like the above treehouse, fit for a king. Note the long, winding staircase leading up to the house, and the treehouse itself which has a “complete” feel, unlike many other treehouses. It doesn’t wind and flow with the trees like some other treehouses, either.
14. Right Out of a Fairy Tale
These treehouses are some of the most fantastical on record – they almost look like something out Lord of the Rings. And that’s no accident – many treehouses are designed specifically with a fantasy element in mind. From the storybooks of your childhood right into the forest of real life: That’s what many treehouses seem to offer.
15. Treehouse Interiors
Check out the insides of these treehouses – comfortable, modern, elegant, but you’re not likely to forget you’re inside of a treehouse! As you can see, this treehouse even has an HD television. Not something you normally associate with treehouses, but who’s going to complain about an HDTV?
16. Artistic Treehouse
Some treehouses look especially artistic in their native habitat. Take this one, for instance, which wraps and curls around the trees as it mushrooms up into a very pleasing spherical shape. It both accentuates and enhances the landscape, which is something all worthwhile treehouse designers aspire to.
17. Robert Harvey Oshatz's Treehouse
18. Robert Harvey Oshatz Interior
Here we have the inside of that “ultimate treehouse.” Looks pretty sweet, right? Between the impressive exterior and the comfortable interior, it’s doubtful that anyone would have much of a qualm with living in one of these treehouses. Unless they just don’t like heights. Or trees.
20. Colorful Treehouse
The color of choice for most treehouses is either pale brown or dark green, you know to fit in with the trees. But this treehouse from Greg Lunger shows that a wilder color palette is sometimes desirable. Bright green, red, even orange, it all somehow works for this treehouse.