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Gallery: Tremendous treehouses to coax big kids towards the canopy

Gallery: Tremendous treehouses...
Ethan Schlussler built his very own human-powered bicycle elevator as a means to get up to his treehouse
Ethan Schlussler built his very own human-powered bicycle elevator as a means to get up to his treehouse
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The Rumah Pohon treehouse in Bali's Nusa Penida
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The Rumah Pohon treehouse in Bali's Nusa Penida
The Rumah Pohon treehouse in Bali's Nusa Penida
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The Rumah Pohon treehouse in Bali's Nusa Penida
The Rumah Pohon treehouse in Bali's Nusa Penida
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The Rumah Pohon treehouse in Bali's Nusa Penida
The Redwoods Treehouse in New Zealand offers a unique treetop location for dinner parties and private functions
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The Redwoods Treehouse in New Zealand offers a unique treetop location for dinner parties and private functions
The Redwoods Treehouse in New Zealand features an impressive height of over 40 m (131 ft), split-level flooring and a 1.7-m (5.6-ft) diameter at the base
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The Redwoods Treehouse in New Zealand features an impressive height of over 40 m (131 ft), split-level flooring and a 1.7-m (5.6-ft) diameter at the base
Pacific Environment Architects are the creators of this impressive treehouse located near Warkworth in New Zealand
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Pacific Environment Architects are the creators of this impressive treehouse located near Warkworth in New Zealand
The Redwoods Treehouse in New Zealand offers a unique tree-top location for dinner parties and private functions
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The Redwoods Treehouse in New Zealand offers a unique tree-top location for dinner parties and private functions
Pacific Environment Architects are the creators of this impressive treehouse located near Warkworth in New Zealand
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Pacific Environment Architects are the creators of this impressive treehouse located near Warkworth in New Zealand
The Redwoods Treehouse in New Zealand features an impressive height of over 40 m (131 ft), split-level flooring and a 1.7-m (5.6-ft) diameter at the base
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The Redwoods Treehouse in New Zealand features an impressive height of over 40 m (131 ft), split-level flooring and a 1.7-m (5.6-ft) diameter at the base
Unlike many buildings described as such, the HemLoft in British Columbia, Canada is a treehouse in the truest sense: the entire weight of the egg-shaped structure is supported by the tree around which it is built
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Unlike many buildings described as such, the HemLoft in British Columbia, Canada is a treehouse in the truest sense: the entire weight of the egg-shaped structure is supported by the tree around which it is built
The HemLoft in British Columbia, Canada
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The HemLoft in British Columbia, Canada
Hatched windows in the HemLoft's roof
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Hatched windows in the HemLoft's roof
The HemLoft in British Columbia, Canada
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The HemLoft in British Columbia, Canada
Unlike many buildings described as such, the HemLoft in British Columbia, Canada is a treehouse in the truest sense: the entire weight of the egg-shaped structure is supported by the tree around which it is built
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Unlike many buildings described as such, the HemLoft in British Columbia, Canada is a treehouse in the truest sense: the entire weight of the egg-shaped structure is supported by the tree around which it is built
Kulturinsel Einsiedel, a bizarre treehouse hotel in Germany
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Kulturinsel Einsiedel, a bizarre treehouse hotel in Germany
Kulturinsel Einsiedel, a bizarre treehouse hotel in Germany
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Kulturinsel Einsiedel, a bizarre treehouse hotel in Germany
Germany's Kulturinsel Einsiedel treehouse hotel
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Germany's Kulturinsel Einsiedel treehouse hotel
Inside one of the rooms in Germany's Kulturinsel Einsiedel treehouse hotel
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Inside one of the rooms in Germany's Kulturinsel Einsiedel treehouse hotel
Dawn view from the balcony of Kulturinsel Einsiedel, a bizarre treehouse hotel in Germany
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Dawn view from the balcony of Kulturinsel Einsiedel, a bizarre treehouse hotel in Germany
Germany's Kulturinsel Einsiedel treehouse hotel
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Germany's Kulturinsel Einsiedel treehouse hotel
Walkway leads up to the Treehotel's Mirrorcube room in Sweden
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Walkway leads up to the Treehotel's Mirrorcube room in Sweden
The Treehotel in Sweden's captivating Mirrorcube room
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The Treehotel in Sweden's captivating Mirrorcube room
The Treehotel in Sweden's captivating Mirrorcube room
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The Treehotel in Sweden's captivating Mirrorcube room
The Bird house in Somerset, England, a solar-powered treehouse-style dwelling supported by sections of tree trunk stilts and accessed via wooden steps
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The Bird house in Somerset, England, a solar-powered treehouse-style dwelling supported by sections of tree trunk stilts and accessed via wooden steps
Kitchen inside the Bird house in Somerset, England, a solar-powered treehouse-style dwelling supported by sections of tree trunk stilts and accessed via wooden steps
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Kitchen inside the Bird house in Somerset, England, a solar-powered treehouse-style dwelling supported by sections of tree trunk stilts and accessed via wooden steps
inside the Bird house in Somerset, England, a solar-powered treehouse-style dwelling supported by sections of tree trunk stilts and accessed via wooden steps
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inside the Bird house in Somerset, England, a solar-powered treehouse-style dwelling supported by sections of tree trunk stilts and accessed via wooden steps
Ethan Schlussler's treehouse is 25 ft (8.5 m) above the ground and features a bicycle elevator
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Ethan Schlussler's treehouse is 25 ft (8.5 m) above the ground and features a bicycle elevator
Ethan Schlussler built his very own human-powered bicycle elevator as a means to get up to his treehouse
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Ethan Schlussler built his very own human-powered bicycle elevator as a means to get up to his treehouse
Ethan Schlussler's treehouse is 25 ft (8.5 m) above the ground and features a bicycle elevator
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Ethan Schlussler's treehouse is 25 ft (8.5 m) above the ground and features a bicycle elevator
Ethan Schlussler built his very own human-powered bicycle elevator as a means to get up to his treehouse
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Ethan Schlussler built his very own human-powered bicycle elevator as a means to get up to his treehouse
Tree Snake Houses is located at the Pedras Salgadas Spa and Nature Park in the north of Portugal
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Tree Snake Houses is located at the Pedras Salgadas Spa and Nature Park in the north of Portugal
Made from mostly natural and wooden materials, Portugal's Tree Snake Houses were prefabricated off site
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Made from mostly natural and wooden materials, Portugal's Tree Snake Houses were prefabricated off site
Portugal's Tree Snake Houses by night
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Portugal's Tree Snake Houses by night
Lionel Buckett's extraordinary treehouse hotel in Australia's Blue Mountains
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Lionel Buckett's extraordinary treehouse hotel in Australia's Blue Mountains
Extraordinary view from Lionel Buckett's extraordinary treehouse hotel in Australia's Blue Mountains
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Extraordinary view from Lionel Buckett's extraordinary treehouse hotel in Australia's Blue Mountains
Lionel Buckett's extraordinary treehouse hotel in Australia's Blue Mountains –a magical space with profoundly stunning views
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Lionel Buckett's extraordinary treehouse hotel in Australia's Blue Mountains –a magical space with profoundly stunning views
Lionel Buckett's extraordinary treehouse hotel in Australia's Blue Mountains –a magical space with profoundly stunning views
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Lionel Buckett's extraordinary treehouse hotel in Australia's Blue Mountains –a magical space with profoundly stunning views
The suspension style treehouse called Dom'Up, which draws inspiration from tree camping and traditional treehouse structures
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The suspension style treehouse called Dom'Up, which draws inspiration from tree camping and traditional treehouse structures
The suspension style treehouse called Dom'Up, which draws inspiration from tree camping and traditional treehouse structures
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The suspension style treehouse called Dom'Up, which draws inspiration from tree camping and traditional treehouse structures
The suspension style treehouse called Dom'Up, which draws inspiration from tree camping and traditional treehouse structures
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The suspension style treehouse called Dom'Up, which draws inspiration from tree camping and traditional treehouse structures
Interior of the suspension style treehouse called Dom'Up, which draws inspiration from tree camping and traditional treehouse structures
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Interior of the suspension style treehouse called Dom'Up, which draws inspiration from tree camping and traditional treehouse structures
The ErlebNest – a German-designed treehouse situated within a high ropes course
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The ErlebNest – a German-designed treehouse situated within a high ropes course
Germany's ErlebNest is a multi-part treehouse design. The barrel-in-the-sky that immediately draws your attention is the Cocoon sleeping quarters
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Germany's ErlebNest is a multi-part treehouse design. The barrel-in-the-sky that immediately draws your attention is the Cocoon sleeping quarters
The Raven Loft is perched some 5.1 m (17 ft) off the ground in British Columbia
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The Raven Loft is perched some 5.1 m (17 ft) off the ground in British Columbia
The Raven Loft is perched some 5.1 m (17 ft) off the ground in British Columbia
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The Raven Loft is perched some 5.1 m (17 ft) off the ground in British Columbia
Interior of the Raven Loft  in British Columbia
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Interior of the Raven Loft  in British Columbia
Interior of the Raven Loft  in British Columbia
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Interior of the Raven Loft  in British Columbia
The Cinder Cone treehouse under construction
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The Cinder Cone treehouse under construction
The Cinder Cone treehouse in Skamania County, Washington features a suspension bridge, and boasts both a full-size skate bowl and wood-fired hot tub
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The Cinder Cone treehouse in Skamania County, Washington features a suspension bridge, and boasts both a full-size skate bowl and wood-fired hot tub
The Cinder Cone treehouse under construction
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The Cinder Cone treehouse under construction
The rooftop deck of the Origin treehouse, offering visitors 360-degree views of the forest surroundings
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The rooftop deck of the Origin treehouse, offering visitors 360-degree views of the forest surroundings
The interior of Origin treehouse, with raw floor-to-ceiling timber cladding, in-built wooden furniture and large glass windows throughout, overlooking the lush treetops
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The interior of Origin treehouse, with raw floor-to-ceiling timber cladding, in-built wooden furniture and large glass windows throughout, overlooking the lush treetops
Inside the Origin treehouse in Raray, France, which nestles around a 100-year-old oak tree
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Inside the Origin treehouse in Raray, France, which nestles around a 100-year-old oak tree
Walkway leading to the Origin treehouse
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Walkway leading to the Origin treehouse
The Origin treehouse is also designed so it can be completely dismantled without impacting the tree and re-built on another site
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The Origin treehouse is also designed so it can be completely dismantled without impacting the tree and re-built on another site
The Origin treehouse cabin was built using locally sourced timber from PFC-certified forests and is designed to reflect its gorgeous habitat, leaving guests with the impression that the cabin is a natural extension of its treetop location
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The Origin treehouse cabin was built using locally sourced timber from PFC-certified forests and is designed to reflect its gorgeous habitat, leaving guests with the impression that the cabin is a natural extension of its treetop location
Boasting luxury features like a sauna and hot tub, the Woodsman's Treehouse also has a fun slide for those who want to make a quick exit
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Boasting luxury features like a sauna and hot tub, the Woodsman's Treehouse also has a fun slide for those who want to make a quick exit
Visitors reach the Woodsman's Treehouse in Dorset, England by crossing a stressed ribbon bridge. The front door itself is very cool and consists of a heavy oak door with marine porthole and a submarine-style locking mechanism that must be rotated for it to open
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Visitors reach the Woodsman's Treehouse in Dorset, England by crossing a stressed ribbon bridge. The front door itself is very cool and consists of a heavy oak door with marine porthole and a submarine-style locking mechanism that must be rotated for it to open
Boasting luxury features like a sauna and hot tub, the Woodsman's Treehouse also has a fun slide for those who want to make a quick exit
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Boasting luxury features like a sauna and hot tub, the Woodsman's Treehouse also has a fun slide for those who want to make a quick exit
Raised 10 m (32 ft) above a forest floor in Swedish Lapland, the luxury 7th Room treehouse lets visitors sleep out under the stars on a netted terrace
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Raised 10 m (32 ft) above a forest floor in Swedish Lapland, the luxury 7th Room treehouse lets visitors sleep out under the stars on a netted terrace
Access to the 7th Room treehouse is gained by a long staircase, but there's also a handy luggage elevator
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Access to the 7th Room treehouse is gained by a long staircase, but there's also a handy luggage elevator
Raised 10 m (32 ft) above a forest floor in Swedish Lapland, the luxury 7th Room treehouse lets visitors sleep out under the stars on a netted terrace
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Raised 10 m (32 ft) above a forest floor in Swedish Lapland, the luxury 7th Room treehouse lets visitors sleep out under the stars on a netted terrace
Inside the luxurious 7th Room treehouse in Swedish Lapland
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Inside the luxurious 7th Room treehouse in Swedish Lapland
The ErlebNest - a German-designed treehouse situated within a high ropes course
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The ErlebNest - a German-designed treehouse situated within a high ropes course
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For kids young and old, there is a certain enchantment to a treehouse escape, be it to avoid annoying siblings and overbearing parents or as a romantic rekindling of childhood memories. Incorporating elements of nature as load-bearing structures makes for some inventive and attractive design, and in some cases, the kind of luxury you wouldn't expect to find suspended above the forest floor.

The collection of treehouses gathered here hail from all over the globe, from the forests of New Zealand to the snow-covered trees of Swedish Lapland. Some are the handiwork of esteemed architecture firms with world-famous buildings in their portfolios, and others come from the hands of dedicated DIYers, but all tap into the seemingly universal appeal of homes built with trees as their foundation.

For instance, there is Ethan Schussler's 25-ft-high (8.5-m) treehouse that the offers visitors a unique way to reach the abode – a bespoke elevator consisting of an old bicycle and unique pulley system.

The Origin treehouse by France's Atelier LAVIT nestles around a 100-year-old oak tree and features a rooftop terrace, while the Cinder Cone Treehouse in Washington state features a hot tub and skate bowl.

Check them out in the gallery.

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