Treehouse Living: 50 Innovative Designs

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Living high up in the trees is no longer only a fantasy. A renewed passion for nature, combined with the growing availability of innovative building techniques and materials, has created a burst of imaginative treehouse construction on every continent. Alain Laurens is Europe’s leading architect of such projects, and his company, La cabane Perchée, is internationally recognized for its extraordinary treehouse design, superior workmanship, and ecological responsibility. Treehouse Living includes fifty innovative ...
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Overview


Living high up in the trees is no longer only a fantasy. A renewed passion for nature, combined with the growing availability of innovative building techniques and materials, has created a burst of imaginative treehouse construction on every continent. Alain Laurens is Europe’s leading architect of such projects, and his company, La cabane Perchée, is internationally recognized for its extraordinary treehouse design, superior workmanship, and ecological responsibility. Treehouse Living includes fifty innovative treehouses in a wide range of styles, all built without driving a single nail into a tree. From a lofty porch for entertaining to a secluded bedroom set amid rustling leaves, from an intimate dining room to a living area complete with spectacular views, this book offers a new way to live well in nature.
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Laurens, founder of a company called La Cabane Perchée (the Treehouse Aloft); Dufour, a watercolorist who designs and draws tree houses; and André, a carpenter who builds them, present in superb color photographs 50 tree houses they have constructed in France, Switzerland and Spain. Situated on estates and in gardens, backyards, forests and playgrounds, these are children's playhouses, writers' retreats, guesthouses (complete with water and electricity) and a simple platform for a bed for those on a limited budget. Many are reached by spiral staircases that wind around tree trunks, others have footbridges, and one even has a lift. All are marvels of technical construction and sophisticated woodwork, and most have stunning views. Photos and watercolors show the houses in their settings as well as their interiors, which often include elaborate furnishings. Brief texts describe how each house is designed and constructed in place without driving nails into the trees or removing branches: if a tree limb is in the way, it is simply incorporated into the design. Snippets of information about the clients who commissioned these dwellings add to the delight of this beautiful coffee-table book. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810995192
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 633,185
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Inspired by childhood memories and Italo Calvino’s Baron in the Trees, Alain Laurens founded his company, La Cabane Perchée (The Treehouse Aloft), in 2000 and quickly started conceiving and building treehouses around Europe with his partners, Daniel Dufour, a watercolor artist, and Ghislain André, a carpenter.
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