In my website wanderings for interesting sites where I can waste my time, I found http://www.stairporn.org/. This site has nothing to do with tree houses, and the porn referenced in the URL is the love of stairs—their design, their ability to tantalize the visual senses with their sensual curves and sinuous spirals and no-nonsense straight edges, the thoughts of things done on stairways when I was….
Tree houses, on the other hand, appeal to a more innocent, childlike time, when it was fun to be up somewhere higher than grownups—and out in nature too. How cool was that! And many include a pretty cool stairway to reach the aerial abode.
In a more recent meandering around the Internet, I discovered TrendHunter.com and an amazing tree house-porn article called “73 Tree House-Inspired Finds.” It seems that the TrendHunter people branched out and rooted around to find 73 sky-high buildings. They must have a soft-wood spot in their hearts for tree homes to have cared enough to find such beautiful and inspiring and whimsical structures.
The article notes that “From Swashbuckling Playgrounds to Canopy Restaurants, these Tree House-Inspired finds demonstrate how the appeal for an arboreal abode isn’t just a childhood phase.” So not all 73 are actually homes, but all are worth a quick look. Here are just a few:
The ‘Enchanted Forest’ wooden tree house features a spiralling staircase and multiple floors.
Homes built in trees have captured the public’s attention ever since the Swiss Family Robinson, but this unbelievable creation is the world’s tallest tree house at 10 stories high.
This tree house is not only a unique and visionary idea, but also incorporates trendy ideas of sustainability.
Made entirely of cork—and shaped like one too—this tempranillo-loving tent is the perfect shelter for wilderness-wandering wine drinkers.
Designed by Artur Nesterenko based on the Ora tree, a sacred Banyan Tree in French Polynesia. The Sanctuary is built on the side of a cliff and makes people find their own path to it.
This eco-friendly invisible tree house uses cleverly placed mirrored panels to create an almost invisible tree house “hotel.” Although the square footage hasn’t been revealed, the “hotel” unit boasts a kitchen, sleeping area, living area—and for those not afraid of heights, a terrace.
Reprinted with permission from Living Green Magazine.