100-Year Treehouse Will Take a Century to Be Completed

From the perspective of an adult today, this will be a building forever half-finished in our lifetimes – a work in progress eventually to form an apt shape for something so time-centric: that of an hourglass.

Visiondivision is working with a group of students to grow and bend the ring of 10 Japanese cherry trees for this hundred-year project titled The Patient Gardener, with tables and chairs formed from plum trees on the lower level.

Eventually, a ground-covering arched canopy (created by joining the half-grown trees at a center point) will be mirrored by a skyward-curved, second-story loft, accessed by steps grown, ladder-like, between two pairs of trees on either side of the structure.

“The workshop, playing with the metaphor of forests, aimed to generate new visions to explain the contemporary and immediate future ways of being in the spirit of green design, resilience, recycling, and ethical consciousness.”

“If we can be patient with the building time we can reduce the need for transportation, waste of material and different manufacturing processes, simply by helping nature grow in a more architectonic and useful way.”

 
 
Source: http://dornob.com/100-year-treehouse-will-take-a-century-to-be-completed/#ixzz3FjedjAf8
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1 Man, 10 Stories, 100 Feet: Tallest Treehouse in the World

giant tree house

It looks downright dangerous … yet its creator claims it is divinely inspired by a vision he received in which he was told to begin building a tree house for which he would never run out of materials. 15 years, 10,000 square feet and 250,000 nails and a lot of scrap wood later, this amazing structure towers up over the very trees that support it.

giant handmade tree house
Known as the Minister’s Treehouse (out of deference to creator Horace Burgess, de facto pastor of the forest) trange features of this phenomenal structure include: a third-floor basketball-court-and-sanctuary combination, a half-ton chime at the very top of the building on top of a penthouse suite Burgess built for his wife as an anniversary present.

giant rustic tree home
The structure itself seems to fluctuate between highly organized, regular and planned to completely haphazard, chaotic and unstable. Perhaps as weird and wonderful as anything else this unique building has to offer: essentially the entire tree house is open to the public, provided they obey simple no-smoking rules and respect the structure of course (additional images via Baking with Medusa)

Source: http://dornob.com/1-man-10-stories-100-feet-tallest-treehouse-in-the-world/

22 Very Unique Staircases That Will Inspire You

Designed by: Arquitectura en Movimiento

In most people’s homes a staircase is just a functional means of travelling from one floor to another. Usually there is nothing very remarkable about a staircase, though some are more attractive than others. It used to be that you had a choice. Closed or open sides, and natural or painted wood. Some might have more ornate spindles and balusters, while others would just have paneling underneath the handrail. That all now seems a bit dull and passé, especially when compared to this collection of 22 outstanding and individual staircases we spotted onBored Panda. All of a sudden we were overcome with a sense of ‘How could anyone think up such a remarkable design?’ as we looked at image after image. Clearly there are some genuine ‘outside the box’ thinkers in a number of architectural practices and wouldn’t the word be a duller place without them?

Designed by: Deriba Furniture

What particularly appealed to us about these designs wasn’t just the style and flow, the grace and elegance, the uniqueness and individuality. It is just so lovely to see that in a world of synthetics and polymers, good old fashioned timber and other ‘raw’ materials are being used once again to give features within a property some extra life and warmth. Okay, we have to confess that having a ‘tree trunk’ as a newel post and the branches as handrails is quite far-fetched, but the idea of adding some unique character to an otherwise bland space is genius. We had to giggle and certainly most of us were hit with twinges of jealousy when we saw the kids’ (we assume they were for kids!) slides running alongside the staircase itself. “Race you to the bottom” must be one of the most often used phrases in that household!

Designed by: unknown

Designed by: Architetture del Ferro

Designed by: Tetrarc

Designed by: Hanne Fuglbjerg

Designed by: Philip Watts

Designed by: Levitate Architects

Designed by: Patrick Jouin

Designed by: Vincent Dubourg

Designed by: unknown

Designed by: Dust

Designed by: Dust

Designed by: TAF arkitektkontor

Designed by: TAF arkitektkontor

Designed by: ecole

Designed by: Heatherwick studio

Designed by: Heatherwick studio

Designed by: unknown

Designed by: Alex Michaelis

Designed by: unknown

Designed by: Atmos Studio

Designed by: Atmos Studio

Designed by: Studio Mieke Meijer

Designed by: Francesco Librizzi

Designed by: Moon Hoon

 

 

Designed by: Moon Hoon

 

Source: http://www.stylisheve.com/22-very-unique-staircases-that-will-inspire-you/