I found this video that shows a family that lives in an old converted street car. Over a decade, Claudine raise three boys in this tiny 400ish square foot house that was originally a 1920′s street car from Santa Cruz. Originally only having one bedroom, as the family grew, so did the house. They built a tree house and then a cob hut to allow their children to have a bit more space. It is interesting because the owner is working with the city to get her home legal. Lots of great commentary on this topic.
Found this interesting “tree tent” that is made to house two temporarily, it has a wood stove, water storage, solar panel options, natural wool insulation and is made from recycled and/or sustainable materials.
Three meter diameter spherical frame of aluminum and green ash that is encased in a tailored cotton canvas. Inside the snug space, which anchors to nearby trees, are 100% wool winter thermal liners for warmth, along with a wood stove, water storage and options for renewable electricity.
Luminair describes their inspiration for the Tree Tent: “akin to an airship in many ways, its dirigible structure blends two very different but similar engineering materials – aluminum and wood; with inspiration and design queues taken heavily from early zeppelin engineering and early lightweight aircraft design.
I can remember back when I first picked up a copy of the Swiss Family Robinson, a story about a family stranded on a deserted island, forced to cope with dangers by building a series interconnected tree houses. It is this story that started my fascination with alternative houses. Later on when I watched Star Wars for the first time the ewok village, a maze of miniature huts suspended in the trees had a similar charm.
Today we have video of a man who’s childhood fascination with these tree houses has prompted him to build his own.
So while this is technically a kids treehouse, it had a certain quality that reminded me of Deek’s Relax Shacks. It certainly would be small, but perhaps a fun weekend getaway where you could spend the weekend and just go into town for meals. One nice feature is that the house is designed to be partially built on the ground, then tilted up to its resting place.
Here is another neat room in the sky. This tree house is designed so you walk among the tree canopy to get to the house, you then drop down a ladder into the tree house. The tree house is actually suspended from the deck you walk to it on.
The site of The Cabin is chosen with regards to our ideal: high ground with a steep slope, providing a great view of the valley of the Lule River.
When visiting Harads to view possible sites, we formulated an idea around a horizontal approach: a footbridge leading to a spacious deck. It offers the potential for future expansion, with additional tree houses and footbridges (as well as viewing platforms and places to rest). The basic shape of the deck comes from the supporting trees in the slope. The actual tree house is suspended from the deck. This will hide the volume of the building to a certain degree. The deck is slightly separated from the building in order to make it appear smaller and also to allow the building its own expression.
We played around with the angles and rounded off the corners lengthwise. It now looks like a capsule or cabin, an expression we feel comfortable with. While discussing the façade we decided to try an unconventional solution: engineered fabrics used on lorries and trailer covers. Manufacturers in this line of business use fasteners, fixtures and techniques that would be suitable, as well as intriguing, for this tree house.