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    2010/07/10
    More Alternative Houses: Treehouses in Sweden
    last edited 2010/07/10 19:39 (*)

    I have been focusing on alternative houses before, here some further treehouses, bringing the childhood dreams of many into reality.

    Mirror Cube


    Mirror Cube


    Hanging about 4-6m up in a tree - visually blends into the forest nicely, but from a material point of view it may me fragile depending of the used material, likely not glass. I also wonder of the windows, whether light enters the space. The entry and access isn't illustrated either, so . . .

    Birdnest


    Birdnet



    This approach combines the landart aspect into to the building, and does a much nicer task blending not just visually but also conceptionally better into the forest. Question is, where does the light come from (the top?), and where are the windows?

    The second image on the right shows some circular windows . . . not sure if it's sufficient since the forest is a shade place by itself, and direct and ambient light rather low.

    Cabin


    Cabin


    A more traditional and realistic approach of a treehouse: stairs to reach the building, sufficient windows to bring light into building and let the inhabitants see the forest.

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    2009/03/31
    Misc. Alternative Housing
    last edited 2009/04/01 11:32 (*)

    Here a few more approaches of light weight housing, which qualify one or more points:
    • economical / low cost (avoiding mortgage)
    • easy to built (do it yourself)
    • ecological (sustainable materials)

    Free Spirit Spheres



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    With only 3.2m diameter the spheres are quite small to live in I would say - yet, composed or located within the trees they seem almost to belong there as they naturally seem to blend into - a beautiful approach.

    Source: Free Spirit Spheres.com

    4Treehouse

    A design by Lakusz Kos:



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    I was wondering how the shelter is actually attached to the tree without damaging them - also, if they grow with different pace, whether the living space tilts slowly - therefore an non-intrusive yet stable and adjustable anchor system is required.

    The required ground space is perhaps zero square feet or square meter . . ?!

    Source: 4Treehouse

    Geodesic Treehouse

    A more tent-like geodesic shelter:



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    Source: O2 Sustainability.com

    See also my Simplydifferently.org/Geodesic_Dome

    Microhouse 39m2 for 20k Euro


    A cubic low-cost 39m2 house made out easy available materials, material cost 20,000 Euros (US$ 30,000).


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    Source: Microhouse.at

    Micro Mini Home

    A cubic home with 2.64m each side (6.7m2, apprx. cost 50,000 Euros):



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    Source: Inhabitat.com: Micro Mini Home

    Paco Unit Home

    Another cubic design by Jo Nagasaka:



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    Source: Sschemata.com & Inhabitat.com: Paco Unit

    Some of the examples are very small, a bit too small for my taste for 1-2 persons. I lived in a 6.4m diameter yurt which made 32m2 sufficient for a kitchen, sleeping space, a desk, a stove and a section to cook.

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