16 Unbelievable Tree Houses We’re Pining Over
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16 Unbelievable Tree Houses We’re Pining Over

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By Samantha Ramirez
These spellbinding tree houses will bring your childhood dreams to life.

Few dwellings capture the imagination like tree houses—and when they're designed by talented architects, the effect is positively enchanting. These 16 tree houses pack in fantastical features ranging from bicycle-powered elevators to metal slides and built-in hammocks perfect for stargazing.

4TREEHOUSE by Lukasz Kos

The 4TREEHOUSE features a futuristic illuminated facade that looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie.

The 4TREEHOUSE features a futuristic illuminated facade that looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie.

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The 4TREEHOUSE is a two-ton, 410-square-foot tree house suspended 20 feet off the ground from steel airline cables anchored to four tree trunks. Toronto–based architect Lukasz Kos says, "This was really a parameter-driven project. That is, I had to let the trees decide how the house would be."

Pinecone by O2 Tree House

The Pincecone tree house is accessed via a steep wooden ladder and a trap door that unfolds down from the top.

The Pincecone tree house is accessed via a steep wooden ladder and a trap door that unfolds down from the top.

Oakland–based O2 Tree House uses steel, wood, and glass to create tiny pincecone-shaped homes that look like ornaments hanging from from the treetops. Best of all, they're available for purchase—so you can have your own forest getaway.

Modern Tree House by Baumraum

The cabin's curved zinc shell exudes a rugged, industrial look.

The cabin's curved zinc shell exudes a rugged, industrial look.

Germany–based Baumraum makes some of the most striking treetop homes we've ever laid eyes on. This 450-square-foot cabin sits on top of 19 steel columns. Each of the company's dwellings is designed to be "in dialogue with the tree, whether in a contrast or a symbiotic way," says architect Andreas Wenning.

Pigna Tree House by Claudio Beltrame

Located in the woods of Malborghetto Valbruna in the Italian Dolomite commune of Tarvisio, this egg-shaped tree house appears to hover in midair like a giant pinecone.

Located in the woods of Malborghetto Valbruna in the Italian Dolomite commune of Tarvisio, this egg-shaped tree house appears to hover in midair like a giant pinecone.

This egg-shaped wonder is located in Malga Priu, a mountain farmhouse retreat in Tarvisio, Italy. Claudio Beltrame and DomusGaia designed the tree house with three levels and a smooth, round facade that's inspired by pine cones.

Free Spirit Spheres by Tom Chudleigh

"You really get the sense that you are just floating up there in a different world," remarks Chudleigh.

"You really get the sense that you are just floating up there in a different world," remarks Chudleigh.

Free Spirit Spheres are the ultimate wanderlust retreats. The spherical dwellings are suspended in midair, however they offer all the comforts of home—including electricity, appliances, and plumbing. Three spheres are now available for rent in Canada, and two more are currently being built.

Bicycle Elevator Tree House by Ethan Schussler

Ethan Schussler built his first tree house at 12 years old. His tree house in Sandpoint, Idaho, sits 30 feet above the ground and can be accessed by an "elevator" consisting of a bicycle that, when pedaled, ascends a pulley system to the top.

Ethan Schussler built his first tree house at 12 years old. His tree house in Sandpoint, Idaho, sits 30 feet above the ground and can be accessed by an "elevator" consisting of a bicycle that, when pedaled, ascends a pulley system to the top.

Idaho native Ethan Schussler has been obsessed with tree houses since he was young. Although Schussler lives off the grid and pays little attention to pop culture, his tree house went viral when he uploaded a short clip of himself riding his "bicycle elevator" into the sky. The video has since reached 2.1 million views, and it has been picked up by major news outlets such as CNN and Fox News.

Qiyunshan Tree House by Bengo Studio

The exterior is vertically clad in timber to complement the spiraling design and surrounding red cedar trees.

The exterior is vertically clad in timber to complement the spiraling design and surrounding red cedar trees.

Nestled in the forest next to Qiyun Mountain in China, Bengo Studio's tree house hotel features staggering cantilevered rooms. Guests can mimic the experience of climbing through the surrounding cedar trees by exploring different vantage points across each of the stacked rooms. The hotel stands 118 feet tall, so it doesn't exceed the height of the surrounding trees.

The Woodman's Tree House by Guy Mallinson and Keith Brownlie

The Woodman's Tree House stands interwoven into the landscape in Dorset as part of a larger luxury camping site.

The Woodman's Tree House stands interwoven into the landscape in Dorset as part of a larger luxury camping site.

If you've ever wanted to live like Tarzan, then this whimsical tree house in Dorset is for you. Designed by Guy Mallinson and Keith Brownlie, the tree house is thoughtfully planned with playful details from top to bottom. Atop the retreat you'll find a hot tub, and down past the spiral staircase you'll find a metal slide that takes you down to the ground level.

Tala Treesort by Architecture BRIO

Multiple beams and glass walls throughout the project create a sense of indoor/outdoor continuity.

Multiple beams and glass walls throughout the project create a sense of indoor/outdoor continuity.

This "treesort" in Tala, India goes to great lengths to incorporate local trees in its design. While the abode is made of a variety of materials, the color palate is purposefully neutral in order to emphasize the verdant greenery throughout the resort.

Tree House by Atelier Victoria Migliore

The deck of Atelier Victoria Migliore's tree house in France has two swings attached.

The deck of Atelier Victoria Migliore's tree house in France has two swings attached.

This tree house in France by Atelier Victoria Migliore wraps itself around the surrounding pines. The charcoal exterior makes a strong statement, while playful features such as suspended nets and swings add a touch of whimsy.

Sustainability Tree House by Mithun

Visitors learn about energy and water conservation as they climb outdoor staircases that lead from the forest floor to the 125-foot-high rooftop rising above the leaf canopy.

Visitors learn about energy and water conservation as they climb outdoor staircases that lead from the forest floor to the 125-foot-high rooftop rising above the leaf canopy.

Designed for the Boy Scouts of America, the Sustainability Tree House atop Mount Hope in West Virginia informs visitors about conservation and the environment. Even the staircases feature factoids to read while climbing the next level.

Treehotel by Snøhetta

To reduce the load of the trees and minimize the building's impact on the forest, 12 columns support the cabin. One tree stretches up through the net, emphasizing the connection to the outdoors.

To reduce the load of the trees and minimize the building's impact on the forest, 12 columns support the cabin. One tree stretches up through the net, emphasizing the connection to the outdoors.

This Swedish getaway by Snøhetta offers towering views and a pine-printed base that conceals its appearance when viewed from below. A double-layered mesh net surrounded by glass walls provides the perfect spot for stargazing.

Yoki House by Will Beilharz

ArtisTree's cabin towers 25 feet above the stream of water below, and it's anchored by ropes, chains, and cables.

ArtisTree's cabin towers 25 feet above the stream of water below, and it's anchored by ropes, chains, and cables.

This Texas tree house was inspired by the ravine that lies below. The Yoki House is named after the Hopi word for rain, and it incorporates a soaking tub with views of a babbling creek. "Water is life—one of our most precious resources, and ArtisTree tree houses are designed to let people experience nature’s resources more intimately," says designer Will Beilharz.

Quebrada House by UNarquitectura

"Quebrada House" translates to Ravine House and speaks to how the design was inspired by the landscape.

"Quebrada House" translates to Ravine House and speaks to how the design was inspired by the landscape.

Chilean firm UNarquitectura designed the Quebrada House to stand on stilts, thus preserving the surrounding ecosystem. The home's open living areas feature expansive windows that frame views of the surrounding foliage.

Inhabit Tree House by Antony Gibbons Designs

This quaint cabin operates completely off the grid with no internet access.

This quaint cabin operates completely off the grid with no internet access.

Sitting in the middle of a lush 14-acre property, the Inhabit Tree House offers the perfect weekend escape. The cabin's angular form is meant to "contrast against the organic forms of the forest," says designer Antony Gibbon. The Inhabit Tree House is available to rent through AirBnB.

Baumhaus Halden by Baumraum

The petite prefab cabin only took eight days to assemble once arriving to Switzerland.

The petite prefab cabin only took eight days to assemble once arriving to Switzerland.

Baumhaus Halden is a prefab tree house clad in charred chestnut with an onyx steel frame. The prefab cabin was manufactured in Germany before being transported to its building site in Halden, Switzerland.

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