Free Spirit Spheres

Location: British Columbia
Year of Construction: 1995
Architect: Tom Chudleigh



Located in the west coast rainforest of Vancouver Island, the Free Spirit Sphere treehouses hang suspended among numerous tall trees. The construction of units is similar to that of a sailboat, as they share similar suspension points and hanging stairways. The spheres were designed by Tom Chudleigh, and are available for rent year round.

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Mirrorcube

Location: Sweden
Year of Construction: 2010
Architects: Bolle Tham & Martin Videgard



Camouflaged by a mirrored exterior that reflects the surrounding forest, the Mirrorcube is fully-functional hotel in Northern Sweden. The structure is 4x4x4 meters, and is constructed of an aluminum frame and glass walls. Inside, guests can find birch surfaces, a double bed, bathroom, rooftop terrace, and a lounge with six interior windows that allow for a panoramic view.

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Teahouse Tetsu

Location: Japan
Year of Construction: 2009
Architect: Terunobu Fujimori



Situated among the cherry blossoms of Hokutu, Japan, the Teahouse Tetsu was commissioned by the Kiyharu Shirakaba Museum to sit on its property. The structure rests sturdily on a cypress tree, and features minimalist decor inside to both counter and complement the fantasy evoked by its exterior.

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Yellow Treehouse, NZ

Location: New Zealand
Year of Construction: 2008
Architect: Pacific Environments Architects Ltd. (PEL)



Initially commissioned for marketing purposes by the New Zealand Yellow Pages, this pod-shaped treehouse sits above a forest of redwoods north of Auckland. The structure is made of plantation poplar slats and utilizes natural lighting throughout. Access to the treehouse is provided by an elevated treetop walkway, and the space is available for rent as a private venue for parties and celebrations.

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Birds & People, Japan

Location: Japan
Year of Construction: 2012
Architect: Oki Sato



Although this 78-room structure boasts accommodation for dozens of birds human visitors can also live like the birds in this treehouse. The "bird apartment" was designed to protect avian wildlife in Nagano, Japan, and features one human-sized entrance on its backside.

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Bird's Nest, Sweden

Location: Sweden
Year of Construction: 2010
Architects: Inredningsgruppen



With a bird's nest-like exterior, it would be easy to miss this treehouse in its dense forest surroundings. However, guests staying in this camouflaged hotel will find a spacious interior with wood paneling, minimal window work, separate bedrooms and bathrooms, and a retractable staircase.

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Vogelenzangpark

Location: Ghent, Belgium
Year of Construction: 2012
Architect: Benjamin Verdonck



Created by Antwerp-based visual artist Benjamin Verdonck, 'Vogelenzangpark 17bis' is a treehouse-like architectural structure designed for the TRACK art festival. The building is an imitation of the units from the surrounding senior home, representing the strength and function of theatricality in public spaces.

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Costa Verde Airplane Hotel

Location: Costa Rica
Year of Construction: 2010



Transported piece-by-piece from the San Jose airport, the 727 used by Hotel Costa Verde has taken on new life in their rainforest resort. Interior furnishings are hand-carved from Indonesia, and the space houses two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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HemLoft, Whistler

Location: Whistler, Canada
Year of Construction: 2008
Architect: Joe Allen



Constructed over several years by Joe Allen and his friends, the HemLoft is an egg-shaped mini home located in a forest of hemlocks near Whistler. The project was completely self-funded, and built with mostly recycled materials found on Craigslist.

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