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Safari-style treehouse installed in London's South Bank

Safari-style treehouse install...
Rising 35 ft (10.6 m)-high off the ground, the treehouse draws design cues from the Lion Sands Game Reserve treehouse accommodation in South Africa
Rising 35 ft (10.6 m)-high off the ground, the treehouse draws design cues from the Lion Sands Game Reserve treehouse accommodation in South Africa
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Rising 35 ft (10.6 m)-high off the ground, the treehouse draws design cues from the Lion Sands Game Reserve treehouse accommodation in South Africa
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Rising 35 ft (10.6 m)-high off the ground, the treehouse draws design cues from the Lion Sands Game Reserve treehouse accommodation in South Africa
Something of the savannah arrived in London's South Bank last week
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Something of the savannah arrived in London's South Bank last week
You wouldn't usually expect to see a safari treehouse in London
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You wouldn't usually expect to see a safari treehouse in London
The interior is inspired by a South African safari lodge, and looks quite authentic
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The interior is inspired by a South African safari lodge, and looks quite authentic
The treehouse was a PR stunt by Virgin Holidays in a bid to drum up interest in its vacations
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The treehouse was a PR stunt by Virgin Holidays in a bid to drum up interest in its vacations
The treehouse's interior was decorated by interior designer Hubert Zandberg
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The treehouse's interior was decorated by interior designer Hubert Zandberg
The treehouse consists of two small hut-like volumes comprising a bedroom, lounge and dining area, and a generous wraparound balcony
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The treehouse consists of two small hut-like volumes comprising a bedroom, lounge and dining area, and a generous wraparound balcony
The generous wraparound balcony
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The generous wraparound balcony
A treehouse in the middle of London
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A treehouse in the middle of London
The treehouse was open to the public during the day and Virgin Holidays held a competition to stay in the treehouse for one night
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The treehouse was open to the public during the day and Virgin Holidays held a competition to stay in the treehouse for one night
A treehouse in the middle of London
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A treehouse in the middle of London
Access gained via a small adjacent staircase
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Access gained via a small adjacent staircase
The treehouse consists of two small hut-like volumes comprising a bedroom, lounge and dining area, and a generous wraparound balcony
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The treehouse consists of two small hut-like volumes comprising a bedroom, lounge and dining area, and a generous wraparound balcony
"The biggest challenge with this project was evoking the feeling of a treehouse in the middle of Africa, when we are clearly in the middle of London," said said designer Hubert Zandberg
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"The biggest challenge with this project was evoking the feeling of a treehouse in the middle of Africa, when we are clearly in the middle of London," said said designer Hubert Zandberg
The interior features a four-poster bed and mosquito net, tribal prints, and assorted African sculpture and artwork
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The interior features a four-poster bed and mosquito net, tribal prints, and assorted African sculpture and artwork
Looking out over London from inside the treehouse
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Looking out over London from inside the treehouse
The treehouse's interior was decorated by interior designer Hubert Zandberg
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The treehouse's interior was decorated by interior designer Hubert Zandberg
"The biggest challenge with this project was evoking the feeling of a treehouse in the middle of Africa, when we are clearly in the middle of London," said designer Hubert Zandberg
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"The biggest challenge with this project was evoking the feeling of a treehouse in the middle of Africa, when we are clearly in the middle of London," said designer Hubert Zandberg

Something of the savannah came to London's South Bank last week, with the installation of a large treehouse. Inspired by a real South African safari lodge, the treehouse was created by Virgin Holidays in a bid to promote interest in its vacations.

Rising some 35 ft (10.6 m)-high off the ground, the treehouse draws design cues from the Lion Sands Game Reserve treehouse accommodation in South Africa, and is built primarily from wood, with access gained via an adjacent staircase.

The treehouse structure itself consists of two small hut-like volumes comprising a bedroom, lounge and dining area, and a generous balcony. inside, its busy colonial-style interior was decorated by interior designer Hubert Zandberg and includes a four-poster bed and mosquito net, tribal prints, and assorted African sculpture and artwork.

"The biggest challenge with this project was evoking the feeling of a treehouse in the middle of Africa, when we are clearly in the middle of London," says Zandberg. "That juxtaposition was a very interesting theme to explore and something we have applied to our interiors – we wanted luxury modernism, with natural elements coming through."

The treehouse was opened to the passing public and Virgin Holidays held a competition to stay in the treehouse for one night, but at time of writing is no longer open and the competition has closed.

Source: Virgin Holidays

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