Treehouses come in all shapes and sizes — you may even have one in your own backyard. But chances are you’ve never seen any like these. Here are five of the coolest treehouses on Earth, including one you can visit as a Scout.
The Bird’s Nest Tree House (Sweden)
This treehouse, by the creators of the Tree Hotel, looks like a massive nest from the outside, the house has a modern and high-standard room built inside. It gives a camouflage so you quickly disappear and become part of the surroundings.
The interior walls are clad with wood panels and the windows almost disappear in the exterior’s network of branches. The room has two has separate bedrooms, a bathroom, and a living area. Plus, it has a shower and sauna close by and free wi-fi.
Three Story Treehouse (British Columbia, Canada)
The Three Story Treehouse is located in British Columbia’s Enchanted Forest Theme Park. The main trail of the grand forest provides the magical setting for more than 350 jolly folk art figurines, a giant cedar stump house, castle, dungeons and a dragon, and plenty more surprises. But the highlight of the park is this incredible treehouse.
Free Spirit Spheres (Vancouver Island, British Columbia)
Free Spirit Spheres are a series of cool hotel rooms throughout Vancouver Island. They’re made from wood and covered with a clear fiberglass skin, then hung from the trees via a supportive web of synthetic rope.
Designed to look vaguely like enormous nuts or seeds, the cedar and spruce spheres borrow from and collaborate with the surrounding environment. The suspension mimics spider webs by attaching to several different strong points among the trees.
The spheres are made of fiberglass and wood and borrow heavily from sailboat and construction methods. Inside the curving walls complete with portholes for windows, space is maximized with fold-out tables and mirrors, curved loft beds and benches, and tiny appliances.
This one makes the cut because it was made for, and by, one individual person. Built by a 26-year-old, the HemLoft is located in Whistler, Canada. It hangs on a massive slope, in a towering stand of hemlock trees, about a five-minute walk from the nearest road. It took several years to build, and is made with mostly recycled materials. Plus it looks really cool!
Yellow Treehouse Restaurant
The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant near Auckland, New Zealand, is built around a huge redwood tree. It’s only open for special events, but can be toured throughout the year. The restaurant is shaped like a cocoon around the tree and, since the planks are not placed closely next to each other, it is filled with natural light and fresh air.
The two rounded parts are accessed through an elevated path that fits the rest of the restaurant perfectly. At night the Yellow Treehouse restaurant, as well as the path, is lit up by warm-colored lights that give it a magical glow.
You’ve never been to a hotel like this before. Deep in the woods, following an ancient watercourse, the Nothofagus appears. It rises to the top of the trees, and is centered around an ancient oak. There’s even an illuminated waterfall that gushes from the first level to the seventh level.
The hotel features55 rooms and suites offer spectacular views of the forest and Mocho-Choshuenco volcano, for an unforgettable experience.
The Sustainability Treehouse at the Summit Bechtel Reserve
One of the coolest parts of the BSA’s newest high-adventure base, the Summit Bechtel Reserve, is the epic Sustainability Treehouse.
The treehouse is a living education center for visitors to the Summit, not only providing information, but also immersing visitors in the concept of sustainability. Between the local timber used to build the structure, the rainwater recovery system or the wind and solar generated energy, the Sustainability Treehouse is not just a museum, it’s an adventure.
It’s also a marvel of engineering. The towering Corten steel frame elevates visitors to extraordinary vantages and provides an armature for green building systems, such as photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and a large cistern and water cleansing system. Interactive exhibits showcase and celebrate sustainable technologies.
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