The High Life: 12 Incredible Residential Tree House Designs

Steel Treehouse in Seattle by SHED

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Built on a challenging sloping site, this modern treehouse in Seattle by SHED Architecture & Design turns what was considered an ‘unbuildable’ lot into a forest retreat. The building is anchored to the slope and juts out into the trees, maintaining a compact footprint.

GLUCK+ Tower House, New York

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One rectilinear volume cantilevers upon the other in this streamlined tree house built by architect Thomas Gluck for his own family in New York’s Catskills. Envisioned as a sort of miniature skyscraper, the four-story home actually goes beyond the tree canopy so that the uppermost levels have sweeping views of the mountains.

Inhabit by Antony Gibbon

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Focused like a telescope upon the site’s most beautiful views, the Inhabit treehouse by Antony Gibbons is a minimalist residence that can sleep up to six, wrapped in cedar cladding and built upon wooden beams for a light footprint on its forested environment.

Treehouse Point by Nelson Treehouse and Supply
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A variety of tree houses, from tiny and traditional to larger and more contemporary homes, make up the many lodgings at Pete Nelson’s Treehouse Point in Issiquah, Washington. The cabins are suspended among towering spruce trees and connected by hanging bridges. Most of the units are available for rent.