Tree Houses! From The Past Into The Future

In the future, will we give back the land to native plants and animals and live up in the trees? Hovering aircraft are available now, we just need to wait for the clean energy versions. If we compost our waste, give up plastics and petroleum, grow hydroponically…what would our new footprint be?

The Most Amazing Tree Houses In The World

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The Treehouse Book by Peter Nelson

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Blue Forest Treehouses in the UK
See their website for more gorgeous, highly ambitious designs.


Second home among the Pines

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Cedar Spire
By the TreeHouse Co, Scotland. A 45-foot spire with cedar shingles, a copper turret, a side deck and two staircases with multilevel verandas adorn this lightening struck tree.

Treehouse in Kerala, India

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Sanasuma Yoga Retreat
Outside Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Treehouse in Japan by Takashi Kobayashi.

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Lake Nest Treehouse
Southampton, NY. 100% salvaged/reclaimed Douglas Fir, pruned branches/vines, and driftwood. By Roderick Romero

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Tree House Point
One hour east of Seattle. Pete Nelson, world renowned treehouse builder and author, teaches treehouse building.

Painted Treehouse

Falcon’s Perch Treehouse, Long Island, NY.
Photo by Pete Nelson


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Alnwick Gardens
TreeHouse Co., Scotland. Very large- 6,000 square foot tree house holds a 120-seat restaurant, a retail shop, classrooms, and two private dining rooms.

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The Minister’s Tree House in Crossville, TN – Reclaimed wood, recycled materials…
Buy Print:
Read more:

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The Minister’s Tree House – close up
Flickr: Baking with Medusa

Tiny house in the trees

Treehouse, Costa Rica
If you are ready to live up in the trees full time, this planned, modern, sustainable treehouse community on 600+ acres of secondary rainforest and reclaimed pasture looks like a nice place. Perched overlooking the Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica and nurtured by two whitewater rivers, the land pulses with life. The ziplines are optional.

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Treehouse, Costa Rica.
Finca BellaVista’s mission statement is: “To provide an opportunity for ecologically minded individuals to reside within the treetops of a unique rainforest ecosystem while promoting the conservation of species and the natural environment.” Buildable 1/2 to 4 acre lots available for sale, or rent an existing treehouse.

Treehouse Wencke in Germany
By  – see many more designs here…

The Redwoods Treehouse in New Zealand
A restaurant

slat tree house

By Lukasz Kos, Toronto. A three-level hexagonal home wraps around and within four trees overlooking Ontario’s Lake Muskoka.

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Steel Tree House

Joel Sherman of J.L.S. design brought the house up into the trees.
Lake Tahoe, California.

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A Tree Hotel
Northern Sweden, a light-weight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, a 4×4x4m box clad in mirrored glass. The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is made of plywood. Access to the cabin is by rope ladder. I worry about the birds though.

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Free Spirit Spheres
Set among the tall trees of the west coast rainforest of Vancouver Island, Canada. Handcrafted spheres are suspended like pendants from a web of rope.

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O2 Treehouse
Built from 100% sustainable materials and based on the geodesic sphere, the modular design is fully customizable. Cable suspension system, available in steel or aluminum. Build yours from a kit or have one custom designed. Calif, Wisconsin and MN.

Treehouse Djuren, Germany
By Baumraum – see inside pics!

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Tree House in Osnabruck, North-West Germany
Lots more photos here:

Cone Treehouses
By Baumraum, Germany

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Modular Tree House
Sybarite, London. These environmentally friendly, very light-weight prefabricated modular structures are made from 70% recycled materials. Powered by wind. Currently being built worldwide… Really! Waiting for a real picture! We hope one of the new owners will share. There is a place to tie your clean energy hovering aircraft. We can break up all the asphalt roads and let nature take back the planet!


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Fab Tree Hab—Mass Institute of Technology

Live in a tree, not up in a tree…the tree grows in place ‘as’ the housing structure, instead of the growing, felling and transporting of lumber. A living structure is grafted into shape with prefabricated reusable scaffolds. A roof-top trough harvests water for human use; the plumbing system is positioned to provide for gravity-induced flow and gray-water reuse; a composting system treats human waste and will later return nutrients to the eco-system.

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Home is where the heart is…

Live In A Treehouse

Builders of ‘Livable’ Treehouses:
TreeHouse Workshop has built treehouses all across the country. Each treehouse is unique. They begin each treehouse with a consultation for tree selection and design. Once designed, each treehouse is built by experienced craftsmen utilizing specialized hardware and salvaged materials. Seattle, WA

Blue Forest Ltd, UK is one of the world’s leading luxury tree house design and construction companies.

Finca Bellavista is a residential treehouse community in the south Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica. It is a rustic, yet comfortable, private retreat off the beaten path where owners and a limited number of guests can explore the natural wonders of the rainforest canopy and enjoy what they call ‘treetop Pura Vida’. Will build a treehouse to suit.


Wooden Tree House, photo manipulation by Polish artist,
Dariusz Klimczak,

Written by Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. Keiren originally founded Inspiration Green in 2007, which merged with Insteading in 2016.

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  1. We built my son a treehouse and had a blast dailing it in, we used ohia trees and bamboo for the roof, quite addicting! i like the idea of giving gaia back her planet!

  2. Thank you for bring all the beautiful tree house. very nice. i have a dream to built a tree house.

  3. While I’m.grateful to enjoy these photos I do have a complaint after looking at many treehouse photos,on the,web..especially you tube : wouldn’t it be nice to see the interiors of mist of these treehouses..majority of them dont show the I the only one frustrated by this ? I find it somewhat aggravating.

  4. I live in San Diego, and would LOVE to have a tree house of my own. I don’t own a home, and NEVER would, in S.D. . If I ever have the opportunity to buy or build one, I would have it somewhere in Oregon or Washington state. WEST COAST ONLY!!!!!!

  5. Hello.Re: last USA SD City comment.Yes,modern tree living is,& I wld luv to do it. I living on UK welfare now (ex Docs Storage Worker,ex City London Archives Worker, ex Warehouse Worker). Lives S.London 18 years, Lincoln 3 yrs,S.Liverpool 3 years, now in Cardiff. Love Cardiff, v.turbulent ex-industrial history, but now,eco, and lots of woodlands & forests.Wld luv to build eco-forest home here or in S.Wales Valleys.Bye

  6. What a great diversity of tree houses! I’ll run out and buy the book. I favor the more traditional appearance, forgetting the use of steel or aluminum, and have a house underway. Thy say trees make good neghbors – perhaps not in ths instance.

  7. My sister & I love this article & all the amazing tree houses !!!

    We have always wanted to live in the tree’s & our favourite subject is ‘let’s give the planet back to the planet & live with it instead of against it ‘ !!!!

    Anyone fancy living in a Ework village !!!!!

    It’s so nice there are like minded people in the world !!!


  8. This has been my childhood dream.

    I didn’t even know they really existed.

    Well ,

    I’m coming into some retirement $ within the next year but how long does preparation /paper work etc?

    Can you please refer me to a builder?


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