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Ewok Bizzniss March 15, 2008

Filed under: alternative energy,art,environmental,flora,permaculture,technology — feralbrown @ 8:03 pm



It’s no secret that I love treehouses. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t? While a bat cave is the height of my desires, a treehouse is probably a more achievable goal in the long run.

So obviously, I’m completely digging this latest cache of treehouse photos and designs from Japan. One of the designers leading this charge is named Takeshi Kobayashi. Besides creating some awesome sky-touching structures, this guy also has the same last name as the bad-ass from The Usual Suspects. I’m thinking he planned it that way.

Anyways, the Japanese apparently dig treehouses and it’s not uncommon to see these dwellings in forests all over the country. There’s even a cafe in the tree tops. Groovy. For a tour of all that’s awesome, check out this gallery of Mr. Kobayashi’s treehouse designs here. For additional inspiration, jump over the Japanese Treehouse Network.

P.S. I say Ewoks “had” it made, because we all know of the deadly holocaust that occurred after the rebels destroyed the second Death Star

via Kurashi



One Response to “Ewok Bizzniss”

  1. feralbrown Says:

    Just saw this article in my Groovy Green feed>

    World’s Largest Treehouse Cost $7 Million To Build

    Like something out of a fairy tale — and seriously, even the main character’s name is Lord Northumberland — this 6,000 sq ft. tree house is the world’s largest. Located on the grounds of Alnwick Gardens, about 95 miles north south of Edinburgh, Scotland, the leviathan soars 56ft. above the ground and is connected with 4,000-square-feet of suspended walkways. There’s even a 120-seat restaurant — as well as wobble bridges, classrooms, turrets, and God knows what else. Naturally, this building was also built sustainably with the website saying Canadian Cedar, Scandinavian Redwood and English and Scots pine were all used in construction. Unfortunately, it appears that most of those were imported, so no points for you! From the website,

    “The unique dining experience on offer in The Treehouse is nothing if not unusual. The roaring log fire in the centre of the room, the living tree complete with green leaves growing through the restaurant, the fascinating craftsmanship which has created screens from fallen branches and the dimmed lighting combine to create an other-wordly, magical environment. The delicious menus include a fantastic range of locally sourced produce, helping The Garden encourage and support local producers.”

    Locally-sourced food? Points awarded! Apparently, if you’ve got deep, deep pockets, you can even rent the whole structure. What a phenomenal party — and drunken hazard — that would be.

    All in all, construction (which was completed in 2005) cost roughly $7 million. Plans are already underway for an addition that would bring accommodations up to 1,000 people and include a “play area with a maze of rope bridges, platforms and aerial walkways, with wheelchair access.”

    I’ve got to meet this Lord Northumberland guy.

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