Joseph Mikrut, a graphic designer and one of the owners of Anamaya Yoga Resort in Montezuma, Costa Rica, has finished constructing what may very well be the world’s first treehouse shaped in the form of an icosahedron. The treehouse is suspended from cables strung between four melina trees, around 20 feet off the ground, and it moves slightly in the wind, making it feel similar to a being on a boat. And the treehouse is situated just high enough that it enhots spectacular views of the mountains to the north.
The icosahedron shape is roughly spherical, made up of 12 equal triangles. At each juncture, five wood beams come together and are bolted to a steel plate. Inside the treehouse is a queen-sized bed that folds up, a small desk with a view of the mountains, and Mikrut plans to install a sink. According to Mikrut, the treehouse cost to him just $5,000, including materials and labor, and it took approximately four weeks to build with two people working.
The treehouse is located on the Rancho Delicioso eco village in Costa Rica. This sustainable community is partially owned by the Anamaya Yoga Resort. Rancho Delicioso has an experimental organic farming learning center, and is experimenting with a variety of tropical green-building research. Mikrut’s next project will be to build a second treehouse that will contain a bathroom on a nearby tree, and he will construct a bridge to connect them.
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