If you were lucky enough as a kid to have a tree house in the backyard, you probably spent hours there, pretending it was a fort, a magic castle, a spaceship, or anything else you wanted it to be. The magic of a tree house remains with us as adults. The very sight of a tree house that can instantly transport us back to childhood memories of long summers spent at play.
Well, it’s a good thing some of us never grow up, and haven’t stopped imagining all the different ways you could enjoy spending time in a tree house. Would you have ever dreamed up a glass tree house with a 360° view of surrounding woods? Didn’t think so – nor would we, but architects at the Swedish firm Tham & Videgård Arkitekter came up with the brilliant idea to build one that looks so spectacular it hardly seems real.
That tree house, seen above, looks nothing like one you’d might find in a typical backyard. It’s the Harad’s Tree Hotel in northern Sweden, close to the Arctic Circle. It’s suspended in air, supported primarily by a tree that is an integral part of it’s structure, and it requires minimal ground support. That meets our minimum definition for a proper tree house, plus it’s ridiculously cool.
Take a minute to think about what fun you could have in your own backyard tree house as you scroll through the rest of the images we found.