February 25, 2010 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
The Swedish architectural firm, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, has conjured up a concept for a shelter up in the trees: a light-weight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, a 4×4x4m box clad in mirrored glass. How cool this would be in the city!
It’s essentially a treehouse for two people including a large bed, small kitchenette and bath, a living room, and roof terrace. I love that the mirrored exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. From the interior, constructed of of plywood, wrap-around windows offer a 360 degree view of the surroundings.
To prevent birds from crashing into the structure, an ultraviolet color only visible to birds would be screen printed on the laminated glass. It’s a cool concept for sure, but here’s the part I’m not sure about: access to the cabin is by rope ladder or rope bridge. I’m pretty fit and consider an interesting challenge, but as an alternative, I wonder if they could build a spiral staircase that would fit ecologically and aesthetically but also be more conducive to the general public. Or are these guys… barking up the wrong tree?