THAT’S NOT THE FIRST TIME WE HEAR ABOUT PEOPLE WHO LIVE AMONG TREES, MANKIND HAS BEEN DOING SO FOR THOUSANDS YEARS WHETHER FROM NECESSITY, DESIRE TO BE CLOSER TO NATURE, PURSUIT OF ISOLATION FROM THE STRESSES OF THE “WORLD BELOW”
From the tribesmen to communities of women in Indonesia, through Cosimo I de’ Medici and other aristocrats with their sylvan custom-made retreats, to eco-warriors in Newbury in the mid ‘90s, tree houses are still considered shelters, both for people looking to get away from everyday life and its problems, both for those who tries to live a childhood fantasy.
The tree house conceived as “protection”, it’s a return to sources, when early men didn’t live in caves, but climbed trees to escape enemies.
There is something evocative, that brings to mind the idea of Eden, in the choice of living and sleeping so close to nature.
From the myth of Arcadia, which hope the advent of a better world, sinked in nature and in harmony with it, handed down in different cultures; to the idea of the “tree of life”, featured in many religions and philosophies; to the fairy tale’s “castle in the air”, there’s no need to strive to seek further explanations as tree houses exercise this enduring appeal on mankind.
A bird’s nest house; a wooden sphere; a futuristic UFO-style pod, or a mirror cube are just some of the awesome projects so far realized perched high among the trees that you will find in this gallery.