Jill Fehrenbacher

O2 SUSTAINABILITY TREEHOUSE

by , 03/20/06

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We’ve covered a lot of fusion tree houses: treehouse meets Jetsons; treehouse meets Modernism; treehouse meets biology experiment. Today, we’ve been introduced to a new pairing from O2 Sustainability: treehouse meets Buckminster Fuller.

Much like the classic treehouse, Bucky’s geodesic dome recalls childhood construction toys and youthful visions of rebuilding the world in a geometric, utopian image. Since both treehouses and geodesic domes smack of idealism and youthful fun – you know that the two were meant to come together at some point or another. It seems only fitting then that O2′s Sustainability Treehouse brings Bucky’s legacy into a living tree to create a high-flying eco-friendly structure.




Designer Dustin Fieder took inspiration from the simple Japanese paper lantern, and from what we can tell from the photos, it glows just like one when illuminated at night. This seems like a great place for kids (and adults) to play. Sure beats the ramshackle plywood nailed-into-trunk treehouse of my youth! This treehouse would make the Ewoks proud.

The 02 Sustainability Treehouse is a translucent geodesic sphere, suspended using a steel cable support system. The treehouse is built with 100% sustainable materials (your choice of recycled soda bottles or 3Form Ecoresin) and uses no nails or bolts, so it does not restrict or harm the tree. The design can accommodate any tree: single trunk, multi trunk, or even several trees.

02 Sustainability offers design and installations services or can be ordered as a self-installing kit. The tree house design supports sustainable ideas through both form and function: allowing one to experience nature as the birds do in an upper canopy tree haven.

+ O2 Sustainability Treehouse

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9 Comments

  1. alecancio April 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    please send me info on ancorage system and distribution of loads, and price of the kit sent!

  2. Drop September 23, 2008 at 5:00 am

    BEAUTIFUL FULLERENS HOUSE

  3. lollerbaggins June 1, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    THOSE WILL BE GREAT AS SAFE HAVENS FOR WHEN THE ZOMBIES COME.

    ps u cant share my tree u might be INFECTED

  4. nathan dance March 25, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    treehouse living,sounds good ,i’ve always liked buck balls and the idea of a treehouse connecting them togethe is a good idea the space needed to build would probobally be 1square metre for a spruce tree,great….:-)

  5. CeLee March 15, 2007 at 10:02 am

    wow – how awesome! if these were only around when I was growing up… :)

  6. joanne carlton October 14, 2006 at 12:43 pm

    send more info please

  7. Inhabitat » Blog ... June 13, 2006 at 6:14 pm

    [...] There are houses built in trees and then there are treehouses. Last year, we had one of our first encounters with a home literally made from trees, using an ancient technique called pleaching – the art of weaving (and sometimes grafting) trees together to form structures. The Fab Tree Hab was one of the design entries for the Index: awards, emerging from the genius of a crew including MIT architect Mitchell Joachim and our friend, Javier Arbona of Archinect. The project description emphasized consideration of whole systems (and ecosystems) in creating a truly sustainable built environment, rather than a piecemeal approach that could yield uncertain longterm outcomes. [...]

  8. Ann March 22, 2006 at 9:51 am

    This is awsome!, so when does the kit come oout?

  9. Karen March 21, 2006 at 11:50 am

    Jill –

    This is stunning. So stunning, actually, we’ve featured it on Luxist’s sister site, Blogging Baby. Thanks for the tip.

    BEAUTIFUL blog, by the way!

    K.

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