Ah, tree houses! The nostalgia of having your very own as a kid and the feeling you got when you were in one is like nothing else.
All of the secret passwords you thought of to get in, all of the exclusive snacks mom provided to you and your friends, and all of the things you thought you were capable of while in that tree house suddenly comes rushing in every time you see one.
In places like New Guinea and Korowai, treehouses are a part of everyday life, but to us, they’ll always be more fairytale-like.
Treehouses are essential in certain places because they serve as a sort of security barrier for its inhabitants, like helping to protect their food and belongings from wild animals on the ground and flooding.
Now, architects have created treehouses for those looking for a way to unwind surrounded by nothing but nature. These treehouse hotels are unlike anything you’ve ever seen; an authentic escape from the mundane routines we’re often so trapped by, even while traveling.
1. Three Story Treehouse (British Columbia, Canada)
Why have a single-story tree house, if you can have three? This one is said to be the tallest tree house in British Columbia, Canada. You can find it somewhere near Revelstoke.
2. Mirror Tree House (Sweden)
Almost invisible and perfect for hiding, the Mirror House is part of the Tree Hotel project in the North of Sweden. As cool as it looks, we’re afraid the house may be invisible to birds. (Designed by: Tham & Videgard)
3. The Bird’s Nest Tree House (Sweden)
This tree house, by the creators of the Tree Hotel, might confuse the birds even more. Although it looks like a massive nest from the outside, the house has a modern and high standard room built inside. (Designed by: inredningsgruppen.se)
4. Treehouse in Muskoka (Ontario, Canada)
Designed by Lukasz Kos, 4Treehouse is constructed around four trees over Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada, and floats in the air like a big Japanese lantern on stilts.
5. Minister’s Treehouse (Crossville, Tennessee, USA)
This grandiose 100-foot-tall structure is said to be the tallest tree house in the world and was built entirely out of reclaimed wood by Horace Burgess in Crossville, Tennessee.
6. Yellow Treehouse Restaurant
This restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand, offers you an amazing dining experience: the restaurant seems to be organically wrapped around the tree and is able to host up to 18 guests at a time. (Designed by: Peter Eising & Lucy Gauntlett)
7. Free Spirit Sphere Treehouses (Canada)
Built with vision and engineering, these handcrafted spheres are suspended like pendants from a web of rope. They occupy a truly unique place in the world and provide a habitat for the un-tamed spirit that exists in us all.
8. Treehouse by Takashi Kobayashi (Japan)
Designed by Takashi Kobayashi, the Tree House People seek to “break down the feeling of separation that exists between humans and nature.” (Designed by: Takashi Kobayashi)
9. Senior Center Turned Treehouse (Ghent, Belgium)
This sculptural tree house in Belgium was made for the art festival TRACK: A Contemporary City Conversion, and is a miniature version of the houses behind it. (Designed by: Benjamin Verdonck)
10. O2 Treehouse (USA)
The O2 Treehouse seeks to “inspire humanity to reconsider how we can more harmlessly co-exist with nature” by creating worldwide tree house communities. (Designed by: o2treehouse.com)
11. Treehouse for Birds and People (Andu Momofuku Centre, Japan)
A modern tree house concept by Nendo offers you the possibility to peek into the private life of birds. Divided into two parts by a wall with little peek holes, it allows people to see what the birds are doing on the other side of their wall. (Designed by: nendo)
12. Plane Treehouse (Costa Rica)
While not entirely a treehouse, this vintage Boeing 727 was originally bought by Joanne Ussary for $2,000.00. It cost her $4,000.00 to move the plane and $24,000.00 to renovate an turn it into this Executive Suite 727 tree house.
A jacuzzi in the cockpit is just one of the intriguing ideas she had for her new home!
13. Teahouse Tetsu (Yamanashi, Japan)
Architect Terunobu Fujimori‘s treehouse combines both minimalism and fantasy. While the interior is simple and modern, the exterior looks like a page from a fairy tale.
14. UFO Treehouse (Sweden)
The Swedish Tree Hotel decided to go a totally different direction after building a Bird Nest tree house and built this UFO treehouse.
15. La Casa Del Arbol in Ecuador
This unique treehouse has a small swing set that soars high over the Ecuadorian city of Banos. Thrill seekers will sail 2,660 meters above sea level. It offers visitors a glimpse of the edge of the world.