When it comes to treehouses, Antony Gibbon is not a new name. His creations showcase his amazing talent, but also pay a lot of attention to sustainability and environmental issues. His latest treehouse design, named Embryo, continues the tradition.
The Embryo treehouse is a two-storey tree structure that was carefully built around the tree trunk to resemble a burl. Its shape is cylindrical and it was clad with cedar shingles and suspended in a way that does not get in the way of the natural development of the tree, thus minimizing the effects of this construction on the surrounding area and blending in perfectly.
The philosophy behind this idea is the notion that our modern creations should be a mere extension of nature not draining all of its resources, but rather working in accordance with the rules of Mother Nature.
The treehouse has a hatch door that is accessed using a ladder. Once inside, you can see a spiral staircase circling around the interior walls and connecting the two levels of the house. This allowed for better use of the space inside, increasing the floor area. This kind of design made it possible for up to eight people to use the house comfortably.
Keeping up with the nature-based idea, the designers chose to use long rectilinear windows that allow for loads of natural light to bathe the interior. In addition, the layout of the door and windows can be altered depending on the area where the Embryo treehouse is placed in order to provide the largest amount of natural light for the dwellers.
As we have said before, the entire project is based on an idea of reconnecting with nature, and we need to say that it works perfectly, which is no wonder given the designer’s point of view that ‘we need to re-address the way we live in today’s society that is more ecological and simpler way of living than consuming our earth’s resources. We are more and more being disconnected from our natural surroundings and the embryo is part of a series of designs to try and reunite and reconnect us back to the elements and how we interact with nature, whilst using materials resourcefully.’
If you like the idea of Antony Gibbon as well as his designs, make sure you visit his website in order to familiarize yourself with the entire series. watch video below
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