Grown up Tree Fort



Why should those darn kids have all the fun? Tree Forts are all grown up. A new book by Philip Jodidio explores the essence of place, perched high among the treetops. Elegant, Modern, and uniquely connected to nature. There is something downright magical about a birds eye view and the opportunity to take pause, to look at the world with fresh eyes. A great summer DIY project, a tree house need not be ‘fancy’, rather a simple retreat even in our own back yard offers a fresh perspective. An opportunity to create a focal point and tranquil destination in the landscape.

treehouse4An excerpt from the book:  ”a perch from which to contemplate life—the tree house can take as many forms as the imagination can offer. In times of concern for sustainability and ecological responsibility, the tree house may also be the ultimate symbol of life in symbiosis with nature. Whether rustic or contemporary in style, tree houses make the most of space. Climb into this trove of tree houses and enjoy a new perspective on the world.”

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Treehouse for Birds and People

A seventy-eight room bird apartment. A special type of treehouse designed for the Ando Momofuku Center in Japan by Tokyo studio Nendo. The treehouse provides collective housing for “many birds and one person. On one side, the treehouse has entrances to 78 nest spaces for birds. The other side has an entrance for one person, who can look into the birds’ nests from inside the treehouse.” What a rare opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal glimpse of aviary wildlife, as Momofuku’s birds prepare for winter and, in the spring, hatch new chicks. I am an avid bird enthusiast. I would love to experience this space and get a birds eye view into the nurturing and private life of our feathered friends. This treehouse provides the opportunity to engage youth and adults alike and connect to nature in a fun and unique way. Great design. Beautiful, functional, and filled with life and meaning.

Images and excerpts sourced here.

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The concept of building a tree house as a hideaway in and among the clouds has evolved significantly since I was a kid. There are some treehouse concepts that push the envelope aesthetically, and materially. They are sophisticated structures, often sculptural and inspiring. At our house, we support a culture of building. You never know what may show up from the recycling bin in the next creative project. We will be embarking on a new building on our site, occupied by three boys and their daydreams. We’ve been collecting imagery on the inspiration wall in my office to fuel the boys creative energy. Will it be suspended up in the treetops, or be planted firmly on the ground? Either way, it’s bound to be a lot of fun. Watching the boys develop their ideas on sketch up, building models, and exploring boundaries, both physical and of their imagination, are life’s lessons bound in a pile of twigs. Not being afraid to test an idea, understanding the gift of failure and embracing the collaborative process, are what will make this retreat their own.


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