Architecture

Sustainable home can be built in the trees or on ground

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Built using locally sourced materials, the 69 sqm (743 sq ft) Inhabit Treehouse features a geometric structure made from reclaimed FSC timber
Built using locally sourced materials, the 69 sqm (743 sq ft) Inhabit Treehouse features a geometric structure made from reclaimed FSC timber
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Jutt House has been especially designed to suit buyers on a budget, while also maintaining quality and key sustainability features
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Jutt House has been especially designed to suit buyers on a budget, while also maintaining quality and key sustainability features
Jutt House is clad in local timber and will age gracefully 
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Jutt House is clad in local timber and will age gracefully 
 Jutt House is the ground version of the Inhabit Treehouse by Antony Gibbon Designs
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 Jutt House is the ground version of the Inhabit Treehouse by Antony Gibbon Designs
Jutt House features a large open interior lounge and kitchen area with a log fire and feature glass wall and outdoor terrace
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Jutt House features a large open interior lounge and kitchen area with a log fire and feature glass wall and outdoor terrace
Jutt House will suit any natural environment
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Jutt House will suit any natural environment
Cross section of the Inhabit Treehouse by Antony Gibbon Designs
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Cross section of the Inhabit Treehouse by Antony Gibbon Designs
Views from inside the Inhabit Treehouse, Woodstock NY
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Views from inside the Inhabit Treehouse, Woodstock NY
Special attention to detail sets the mood inside the Inhabit Treehouse
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Special attention to detail sets the mood inside the Inhabit Treehouse
The Inhabit Treehouse hovers over a local lake just outside Woodstock
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The Inhabit Treehouse hovers over a local lake just outside Woodstock
Inside the kitchen of the Inhabit Treehouse
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Inside the kitchen of the Inhabit Treehouse
Built using locally sourced materials, the 69 sqm (743 sq ft) Inhabit Treehouse features a geometric structure made from reclaimed FSC timber
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Built using locally sourced materials, the 69 sqm (743 sq ft) Inhabit Treehouse features a geometric structure made from reclaimed FSC timber
Residents enjoy views across the lake
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Residents enjoy views across the lake
The interior features an open kitchen and lounge with log fire
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The interior features an open kitchen and lounge with log fire
Gorgeous modern kitchen of the Inhabit Treehouse
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Gorgeous modern kitchen of the Inhabit Treehouse
A ladder leads up to the master loft bedroom
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A ladder leads up to the master loft bedroom
The design also allows for plenty of overhead room, so residents don't have the sense of being squashed in
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The design also allows for plenty of overhead room, so residents don't have the sense of being squashed in
Gorgeous elevated master bedroom sleeps two
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Gorgeous elevated master bedroom sleeps two
Sky lights allow for stargazing at night
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Sky lights allow for stargazing at night
Second lounge area is located at the base of the dwelling
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Second lounge area is located at the base of the dwelling
 An outdoor tub is located a few steps away from the terrace and the main entrance to the home
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 An outdoor tub is located a few steps away from the terrace and the main entrance to the home
A large terrace sits underneath the main structure of the dwelling for peace and quiet
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A large terrace sits underneath the main structure of the dwelling for peace and quiet
View from the outdoor balcony
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View from the outdoor balcony
The treehouse includes a series large floor-to-ceiling glass windows and sky lights
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The treehouse includes a series large floor-to-ceiling glass windows and sky lights
Two outdoor balconies provide space for residents to enjoy the outdoors
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Two outdoor balconies provide space for residents to enjoy the outdoors
Inhabit Treehouse is a cosy spot to enjoy the snow fall
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Inhabit Treehouse is a cosy spot to enjoy the snow fall
Inhabit Treehouse during the cold New York winter
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Inhabit Treehouse during the cold New York winter

British architect Antony Gibbon has recently completed a modern and innovative treehouse located in upstate New York. Dubbed Inhabit Treehouse, the multi-level elevated home was built by local and eco-conscious builder, William Johnson Construction. The Inhabit module can be adapted for different settings, with Gibbon also completing a ground version which requires less engineering and thus reduces the cost of construction.

"Inhabit Treehouse was inspired by geometric forms," says Antony Gibbon Designs. "[The home] can be constructed in any environment whether it be in the forest, mountains or over rivers and lakes."

The Inhabit Treehouse hovers over a local lake just outside Woodstock
The Inhabit Treehouse hovers over a local lake just outside Woodstock

Boasting stunning views of the surrounding landscape, the Inhabit Treehouse is located just outside Woodstock and sits nestled among the treetops, while also hovering over a small lake. Built using locally sourced materials, the 69 sqm (743 sq ft) home features a geometric structure made from reclaimed FSC timber.

The distinct shape of the building provides for a unique layout of the interior, which features an elevated master bedroom, open kitchen and lounge with log fire, private bathroom and additional lower lounge or reading area. The design also allows for plenty of overhead room, so residents don't have the sense of being squashed in or feel the need to duck their heads.

Residents enjoy views across the lake
Residents enjoy views across the lake

The treehouse includes a series of large floor-to-ceiling glass windows and sky lights, which not only capture the unrestricted views that surround the home, but also allows for natural light to filter through the entire space. Two outdoor balconies provide space for residents to enjoy the outdoors and a large terrace sits underneath the main structure of the dwelling for entertaining or some peace and quiet. An outdoor tub is located a few steps away from the terrace and the main entrance to the home.

The Inhabit Treehouse design can be changed to suit the client's needs, with current floor plans available in a range of sizes to accommodate two to four people. What's more Gibbon has adjusted the design slightly so the home can also be built on the ground, as opposed to being elevated within the tree-scape. The ground version of the home is called Jutt House and has been especially designed to suit buyers on a budget, while also maintaining quality and key sustainable features.

Jutt House has been especially designed to suit buyers on a budget, while also maintaining quality and key sustainability features
Jutt House has been especially designed to suit buyers on a budget, while also maintaining quality and key sustainability features

"Unlike the Inhabit Treehouse, the Jutt house does not require structural engineering on the under carriage and sits flat on ground foundations with a one or two meter overhang on the front of the structure," says Antony Gibbon Designs. "This creates the same 'floating' illusion using an affordable and simplified construction."

Similar to the Inhabit Treehouse, Jutt House features a large open interior lounge and kitchen area with a log fire, feature glass wall and outdoor terrace. The elevated master bedroom is adjoined by a separate study zone and a private bathroom is located on the lower level of the home. Clad in local timber, the home will age gracefully and will suit any natural environment.

A large terrace sits underneath the main structure of the dwelling for peace and quiet
A large terrace sits underneath the main structure of the dwelling for peace and quiet

"Antony sees the environment as an important driving force behind his work," says Antony Gibbon Designs. "Each structure is individually created to consider the surroundings using sustainable materials wherever possible. He aims to create organic forms that exist in nature using natural materials to unite the two."

The Inhabit Treehouse near Woodstock is currently being used as an airbnb and guests can enjoy a night in the treetops starting at US$335.

Source: Antony Gibbon Designs

2 comments
WB
These architecture designs are always so lame... They look cool but are bad in every other way. Architects should be forced to live in their creations . Like windows without blinds or shutters everywhere...zero zip nada for storage ..so where do you store clothes shoes supplies...or is everyone running around naked. Anyway these pie in the sky architect drawings are just boring.
christopher
Huff and a puff and the wind blew it down...