Treehouses of the world

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H.N. Abrams, 2004 - Architecture - 223 pages
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Treehouses bring out the child in all of us. Serving as private retreats, guest houses, or play spaces for family and friends, these enchanting arboreal constructions lift our spirits, inspire our dreams, and offer the promise of freedom from adult worries. In this magical volume, Pete Nelson, a leading authority on treehouse design and the author of three previous books on the subject that have sold more than 200,000 copies, takes us on a fascinating around-the-world journey to discover how treehouses are designed, built, and enjoyed in a wide variety of cultures. More than 35 treehouses are shown in 250 beautiful color images, from locations in China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Italy, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom, France, and elsewhere, all photographed especially for this book. Nelson, whose frequent appearances on "Oprah and "Good Morning America and in newspaper and magazine features have helped to spur the soaring popularity of the treehouse, also describes in,detail the process of creating, for kids both young and old, a fun, safe, and environmentally responsible sanctuary in a tree.

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There is hardly any other structure that symbolizes fantasy as well as does a treehouse. It os no wonder then that kids of all ages have gravitated to building and inhabiting tree houses for generations. he "Treehouses of the World" takes you on a journey of discovery of some of the most incredible and innovative treehouses out there.
The book covers many different types of treehouses: from the more modest yet imaginative tree-platforms to some very ambitious multistory arboreal abodes. All of the tree houses seem to be made with a lot of artistry and care, and the enthusiasm of the creators for their work is almost palpable. The book is beautifully designed, and each tree house is represented with one large photograph and one or two smaller ones. For the most part the photographs speak for themselves, but there is usually a small accompanying textual explanation as well.
This book makes a great coffe-tabe book as well as a wonderful gift idea. Would warmly recommend it to anyone who has at any point enjoyed or imagined living in a tree house of their own. It is also a great source of ideas for possible tree house designs.

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User Review  - DeanieG - LibraryThing

This is a really neat book with just beautiful photography..who knew there were so many fabulous treehouse...makes me want one... Read full review


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Pete Nelson is widely regarded as the leading authority on treehouse design and construction. The author of three books on the subject, he also is principal of The Treehouse Workshop, Inc., a treehouse design and construction business based in Seattle, Washington.

The architectural photography of Radek Kurzaj has appeared in numerous international magazines and has been the basis of several books, including "The Ranch House" and "The Abrams Guide to American House Styles". He divides his time between Poland and New York City.

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