If you’re reading this, you were probably that kid. That kid who grew up in the hilly forests of West Virginia or in the frigid woods of Massachusetts. That kid who spent his youth making forts in the backwater swamps of Georgia or sliding through a pile of Maple leaves in Maine. Or maybe you’re none of these. Maybe you’re that city kid who always wished he could race up the side of a giant sequoia tree or get lost in a stack of pine needles in the Great Pine Barrens. Needless to say (no pun intended), you like trees. And, most importantly, you like treehouses.
For that kid still inside you, assembled here is a collection of the 25 most unbelievable treehouses—in the world.
25. The Lantern House—Santa Monica, CA
Balanced among three eucalyptus trees and made entirely of salvaged lumber and reclaimed metals, the lantern house is one of the most ecofriendly tree houses in our list. Its creator, Roderick Romero, once built a tree house in Italy for rock star Sting.
24. Greenwich Village Tree House—New York City, NY
The Greenwich Village Treehouse pulls heavily from the classic treehouse style and—ironically—fits well within this iconic NYC neighborhood. The artist, Melinda Hackett, battled famously to keep this tree house from being destroyed. In 2010, it was declared a landmark.
23. The Unknown
This group of treehouses not only offers a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean coast, they also are supremely functional. Great idea for a destination vacation.
21. Alnwick Garden Treehouse—UK
Massive. Truly massive.
20. Temple of the Blue Moon—Fall City, Wahsington
19. Finca Bellavista—Costa Rica
A treasure hidden in the forest, the Finca Bellavista is a community of treehouses (24 in total) sits high in the trees, overlooking the Golgo Dulce and two white water rivers. Catch a zip line to the top.
18. Baumraum Treehouse—Germany
Designed by German firm Baumraum, this design is more New York loft than treehouse. The only thing it needs is a granite countertop and a few stainless steel appliances.
17. Crazy Banyan Treehouse Café–Japan
16. The Driftwood Egg Treehouse—Hokkaido, Japan
In the frigid corners of Japan’s most northern corner sits a Takashi Kobayash desgined treehouse, The Driftwood Egg Treehouse. This treehouse was pieced together by delicate driftwood from a nearby beach. It was originally made for a Nescafe television commercial.
15. Banyan Treehouse—Los Angeles, CA
14. Too High Tea House—Chino, Japan
13. Treehouse at Burning Man– Nevada
12. 02Sustainable Treehouse–California
Sustainable and futuristic, this the sustainable 02 treehouse is made entirely from recycled materials and is suspended (rather than bolted) to the trees around it. This treehouse is the most environmentally friendly. And, if you couldn’t tell by the pictures, it glows in the dark. Pretty cool.
11. Tree Dwellers—Brazil
Not all treehouses need to be avante garde. Some inspire awe by how high they are. In this case, the tree dwellers, built by local tribes in the Brazza River Basin, sit up to 100 ft above the jungle floor.
10. Secret Garden Treehouse—Seattle
9. The Biosphere treehouse—Oahu, HA
This seven treehouse sits seven stories above the floor, towering over the Manoa Valley of Oahu. It comes equipped with a handing bridge, transparent roof, and a compositing toilet. It’s the perfect fun land for that kid deep inside.
8. Peter Frazier’s Treetop Office
Peter Frazier was like many computer science students, he sat at the computer all day and started to get fat. To make this more bearable, he commissioned a team to build him an office surrounded by trees.
7. Pat and Lori’s Treehouse.—Washington St
6. Horace Cathedral—Crossville, Tennessee
Using wood reclaimed from five barns, Horace Burgess started working on this masterpiece nearly 20 years ago. And he is still at work, adding new sections here and there. It even has a basketball court.
5. Beach Rock treehouse—Okinawa, Japan
Japan has yet another treehouse atop the leader board. Staged against the beautiful backdrop of the Okinawa forest, the Beach Rock treehouse is a popular stopover for young Japanese backpackers. It inspires freedom and survival, having weathered a typhoon in 2006. It was designed by Kobayashi Takashi, author of “Treedom: The Road to Freedom.”
4. Hang Nga’s treehouse–Vietnam
Entirely unconventional in style, this Vietnamese treehouse draws tourists and guest from around the world. This tree house is the tree itself and inspires an “Alice in Wonderland” type feel. It’s named after it’s builder, Hang Viet Nga, the daughter of an ex-president and student of a famed art school in Moscow.
3. Redwoods Treehouse Restaurant—Auckland, New Zealand
Located on the edge of a redwodd forest, this treehouse is a magicial romp of nature and function. It was built by Pacific Environment Architects, and was part of a marketing campaign for the Yellow Pages.
2. Free Spirit Spheres—Vancouver Island, Canada
Set among the tallest trees of the west coast rainforest in Vancouver Island, the Free Spirit Spheres represent true peace and tranquility. They are suspended like pendants from a web of rope and occupy a unique space in the rainforest canopy. Relax in serene meditation in your own sphere. They’re available for overnight rental.
1. 4Treehouse—Ontario, Canada
Designed by University of Toronto’s School of Architecture & Design masters graduate student, Lukasz Kos, this treehouse borrows its style from Japan. It looks like a Japanese lantern and floats on stilts in a lush forest in Ontario, Canada. It uses a well thought out lighting design, illuminating both the house and the surrounding area—just like a lantern. It. Is. Amazing. Bring back the kid inside of you. Book a stay at one of these awe inspiring treehouses.
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