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I want one so badly. I love the idea that a treehouse isn't just for kids. What better way to kick back with a beer.


While I love the feel of hanging-out in a small tree house, I consider trees mainly habitat for wildlife. The bugs that live in trees are the food for birds and so on. I am not Zen enough to sleep with bugs in my house, and I am not going to kill all the bugs in and on a tree to live in it.

I think a better approach is to build permanent residences in the trees, but not touching the trees. I don’t see anything green or sustainable about tree houses as permanent residences.

Each species of tree has its own weak point. In the case of our most common tree, the Doug Fir, the root structure will often fail in an overwhelming windstorm. I assume the weight and wind resistance of a tree house on a Doug Fir would make it more susceptible to falling over in heavy winds.

Kyle Andersen

i finally got a chance to read this post, and if it is true that you are not injuring or compromising the tree, then I think this is a refreshing topic about design. It does seem plausible that you could anchor through the tree, and it would heal itself. Obviously, this is done by design for different trees – not unlike a different structural system. Wood/Concrete/Steel for instance.
There is delight from this post Brian. We don't get that from the bickering posts about the tightest, cleanest, sexiest modern container. The experiential quality of architecture is hard to articulate, but is probably one of the personal things that interest each of us in architecture to begin with. Schuyler’s background is a good fit for the treehouse – maybe he could try other applications beyond looking for the biggest space on a single tree. Maybe a community such as “The Baron in the Trees”, by Italo Calvino.

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