Friday, October 3, 2008

When I was little i wanted to live in a tree house...

...When I was little I wanted a tree house but I never lived in a place that had a tree. That couldn't stop me from building one though I found a friend that had a tree and we built one together. one summer my god mother sent me to a camp in Oakland called Touch the Earth, where we would build forts in trees, i loved it i guess that was the first sign that I would some day want to pursue architecture. I would always come home everyday hella dirty, so my god mom started calling it touch the dirt camp...
Some of us think that our far off ancestors lived in the trees – and during our childhood, when our thoughts and memories are most pure, we yearn to climb trees growing in our gardens, in our parks, in our cities. As we get older, the urge to climb trees subsides as we ride elevators up to our offices in the sky and look out across the cities where we live. Yet occasionally, as we’re sealed up tight in our artificially climatic spaces, we long for a breath of fresh air.
At a German company called
baumraum an architect, a landscape architect, an arbologist, and a craftsman design modern, natural and solidly constructed treehouses. Each treehouse project is assessed individually. The team takes into consideration the condition of the environment and of the tree, with the size and features the clients desire. baumraum offers a range of wood-types as well as options for insulated walls. Treespaces can be outfitted with sitting and sleeping benches, storage spaces, a mini-kitchen, heating, glass windows, lighting, as well as a sound system for multimedia. Every piece is prefabricated in a workshop, and then brought together on site. Sound like something you’ve been wanting? The baumraum team offers free consultation where they can talk you through every option available as you put together your dream treehouse. The treehouses can span multiple levels and sit among several trees. Treehouses are mostly secured with ropes, thereby minimizing the impact of stress to the tree or trees on which the house is placed. And if a tree is particularly weak, or even if a treehouse is wanted where there is no suitable tree, stilts are used to guarantee people everywhere can once again climb trees. (from

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