Jenni Quach | Blog 9
Imagine looking out of a window only to see that you are met with a hundred foot fall. It would not be pleasant for those with acrophobia, but for others, they will notice that there is a beautiful horizon line embellished with trees. This is an experience associated with treetop architecture; in other words, an extreme tree house. It is composed of a wooden exterior atop of a live tree which allows individuals to live in elevated homes that are supported by the branches of a tree. Treetop architecture is beneficial to its occupants and highly adaptable in its environment.
Tree house owners can directly benefit from the surrounding environment. Depending on the location, the home could be surrounded by varying amounts of fruit trees which would provide a readily available food supply for tree house owners. On the other hand, the surrounding trees could be infested by termites or any other insects that pose a threat to the tree’s health and the tree house occupants. Therefore, it is crucial that the location of the tree house is carefully surveyed to ensure the occupants a safe home.
The environment surrounding the tree house will determine the materials used for it. In other words, the home is composed of local materials. It would make the tree house adaptable based on climate because plants can only grow in environments in which they can survive. For example, if it was in a rainy area then the tree house would be capable of handling rain. Additionally, if the region is hot and dry, then there would be systems of shade to lessen the sun’s rays and thermal mass to control temperature. The adaptability of the tree houses makes for an ideal living space because of its locally used materials.
In order to apply treetop architecture in today’s age, treetop architecture would have to exist in areas with tall, strong trees. It can be assumed that such trees are only available in untouched and isolated parts of the world. Essentially, it would really benefit those who enjoy life away from digital technology and civilization.
Reumaux, Jean-francois. “Treetop Architecture.” The Gibbon Experience. N.p., 2015. Web. 03 Nov. 2016. <http://www.gibbonexperience.org/what-we-do/treetop-architecture>.
Treetop architecture. Digital image. The Gibbon Experience. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Nov. 2016. <http://www.gibbonexperience.org/what-we-do/treetop-architecture>.