Amazing Tree Houses
June 23, 2008 5:00 PM   Subscribe


One of my favorite movies when I was a kid was Swiss Family Robinson. Simply because of the tree house they lived in. I thought that was the coolest thing in the world.
posted by Mr_Zero at 5:06 PM on June 23, 2008

a treehouse built by a nonkid is kind of like the lego collection of the rich boy down the block. no matter what infinitely cooler things they seem to pull off, it's just not the same.
posted by krautland at 5:19 PM on June 23, 2008

Whoa whoa whoa. Let's not be dissin' tree houses, Legos OR rich kids.
posted by DU at 6:23 PM on June 23, 2008 [2 favorites]

Good links homunculus. A few of these tree houses are featured in the coffee table book "Treehouse" which has decades of tree houses from all sorts of environments made by kids, college freshmen, and an elderly insurance salesman. (and most importantly, big pictures on glossy paper)
posted by Joybooth at 6:49 PM on June 23, 2008

(Does the weburbanist web site set a record for the largest number of cross-site scripts? I count 15 domains seeking permission to run something.)

Tree houses always strike me as something that the trees themselves probably would rather not participate in. Though I suppose it beats being a stack of 2x lumber and a pile of wood chips.
posted by maxwelton at 6:50 PM on June 23, 2008

Does "cross-site scripts" mean "taking too freaking long to load anything, text, pictures, whatever"? Because that's what it's doing to me.
posted by yhbc at 6:53 PM on June 23, 2008

My favorite house from Home Movie was the tree house in the Hawaiian woods.
posted by Saxon Kane at 7:02 PM on June 23, 2008

Hey, my friend actually built one of those! It's in the bottom set of pictures for Romero Studios. He spent a few months in Italy building it for a big name star.

The way he described it, he built it so it rested upon the branches. The tree could continue to grow up and outward without much impediment or damage.
posted by P.o.B. at 7:02 PM on June 23, 2008

posted by Burhanistan at 7:06 PM on June 23, 2008

what a cool site. Everyone has dreamed of this:)
posted by femmme at 8:47 PM on June 23, 2008

Very cool post.

My favorite tree house was the one in the movie "The Blue Lagoon," but that might have had more to do with my adolescent fantasies of having Christopher Atkins make sweet sweet love to me than it had to do with the tree house.
posted by amyms at 9:55 PM on June 23, 2008

neat houses and all. Want one myself.

But not at all sustainable in any common usage of the word. And rather breathless commentary - some even have LCD TVs!!
posted by wilful at 12:01 AM on June 24, 2008

Yeah, 'sustainable' is being diluted to meaninglessness. It currently seems to mean a particular style or attitude rather than being a measured statement about resource consumption and renewal. It's a shame.

But the treehouses are kickass. I'm having flashbacks to the Channelwood age of Myst.
posted by echo target at 7:04 AM on June 24, 2008

My favorite tree house was the one in the movie "The Blue Lagoon,"

I snorkeled in that lagoon while in Fiji. It would make a great spot for a treehouse, as long as you didn't mind the guests in their $3000 a night "bures" at Turtle Island next door.

No sign of Christopher Atkins or Brooke Shields sadly.
posted by JaredSeth at 9:19 AM on June 24, 2008

I wonder why I get all choked up when I see a good tree house?

So weird.

Regardless! Excellent post for those of us with our heads in the clouds/leaves.

Thank you, homonculus.
posted by batmonkey at 10:22 AM on June 25, 2008

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