Childhood fantasy meets grown-up savoir faire
The idea of climbing a tree for shelter, or just to see the
earth from another perspective, is surely as old as humanity. Tree
houses are chronicled in ancient civilizations and their lore crosses
through the history of every part of the world where trees grow. This
stunningly-illustrated study offers a tour of the best tree houses in the world
some designed by architects, others the work of unknown craftsmen. A
teahouse, a restaurant, a hotel, a playhouse for children, or a perch
from which to contemplate life—the tree house can take as many forms as
the imagination can offer. In times of concern for sustainability and
ecological responsibility, the tree house may also be the ultimate symbol of life in symbiosis with nature
Whether rustic or contemporary in style, tree houses make the most of
space. Climb into this trove of tree houses and enjoy a new perspective
on the world.
- 50 tree houses from around the world
- Covers all different styles, from romantic to modern
- Every house is depicted in several photos as well as one illustration by artist Patrick Hruby
from Los Angeles (who also created the book’s cover artwork)
- Helpful short biographies of all architects
(born 1954) studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts
for over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN’s Architecture Now!
and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean
Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the
most popular writers on the subject of architecture.