Gallery: Raindrop-Shaped Treetents by Dré Wapenaar

Wapenaar says "My inspiration for the shape was not the dewdrop. Form followed function."
Wapenaar says "My inspiration for the shape was not the dewdrop. Form followed function."

According to Dré Wapenaar, “The story of my tents as they relate to campsites, however, started with the Treetents which were originally designed for the Road Alert Group in England. This group of activists fight against the excessive constructing of highways through forests. During their protest they cover themselves and hide and live in the trees to fight as long as possible against the rushing violence of the chain sawers. The Treetents would provide a comfortable place for them to stay during their habitation of the forest and prevent the trees from being cut down.”

Wapenaar’s treehouse tents are composed of a steel frame wrapped in canvas and measure thirteen feet tall with a 9 foot diameter. The interior is outfitted with a roomy hardwood sleeping platform and a round mattress roomy enough for two adults and two children. According to Wapenaar, “the form of these tents naturally developed itself, when I hung a circular platform with a rope on the side of a tree. My inspiration for the shape was not the dewdrop. Form followed function.”

If you’re interested in spending an evening amid the evergreens, several Treetents are available for rent 5 months out of the year at the Hertshoorn campground in the Netherlands.

+ Dré Wapenaar


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  1. Harold Massey August 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    The bears will have fun playing with these.

  2. circus freak June 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    how much? where do i get it? do you need a canadian distributer?

  3. flipit May 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    LOL they’re made for treehuggers trying to stop people from cutting down trees, but the “sleeping platform” is made of hardwood.

  4. vividevie January 26, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I feel bad for the trees! In the last photo, the tent straps are cutting into the trunk of the tree!

  5. gameshark January 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    “roomy hardwood sleeping platform”, I was hoping it would be portable.

  6. gunner April 12, 2009 at 5:41 am

    they look cool, however, they are putting an enoromous amount of strain on the trees (observe that the trees are slanted).

  7. Jordi December 21, 2008 at 5:18 am

    You can see more examples at this collection of treetents at urbanarbolismo.

  8. Interesting idea November 27, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Can you buy these tree tents? How much are they?

  9. piment November 20, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    excellente idée, ça donne envie de dormir dans la forêt

  10. taiqynchina November 20, 2008 at 10:45 am

    This is too cool! Love the novelty and invention. I bet they’re really pricey though.

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