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Sustainable 'Tree Snake Houses' completed in Portugal

Sustainable 'Tree Snake Houses...
The Tree Snake House snakes it way through the tree tops
The Tree Snake House snakes it way through the tree tops
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Tree Snake Houses by RA Architectural and Design Studio is the latest in a long line of treehouses that we've covered at Gizmag
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Tree Snake Houses by RA Architectural and Design Studio is the latest in a long line of treehouses that we've covered at Gizmag
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
Both dwellings feature a long wooden bridge-like entrance which stretches out from ground level
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Both dwellings feature a long wooden bridge-like entrance which stretches out from ground level
Both dwellings feature a long wooden bridge-like entrance which stretches up from ground level
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Both dwellings feature a long wooden bridge-like entrance which stretches up from ground level
Made from mostly natural and wooden materials, the two Tree Snake Houses were prefabricated off site
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Made from mostly natural and wooden materials, the two Tree Snake Houses were prefabricated off site
The bed is centrally positioned underneath a large skylight, most likely envisaged for for star gazing
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The bed is centrally positioned underneath a large skylight, most likely envisaged for for star gazing
The bed is centrally positioned underneath a large skylight, most likely envisaged for for star gazing
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The bed is centrally positioned underneath a large skylight, most likely envisaged for for star gazing
The wooden elements of the units help them to blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment
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The wooden elements of the units help them to blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment
Both dwellings feature a long wooden bridge-like entrance which stretches up from ground level
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Both dwellings feature a long wooden bridge-like entrance which stretches up from ground level
The interior of the treehouses feature a spacious open studio
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The interior of the treehouses feature a spacious open studio
Visitors can enjoy an overnight experience staying in one of the two Tree Snake House guest rooms
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Visitors can enjoy an overnight experience staying in one of the two Tree Snake House guest rooms
The central core of the module then sits amid the treetops and is supported by three steel support beams
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The central core of the module then sits amid the treetops and is supported by three steel support beams
Tree Snake House also boasts reinforced insulation, solar panels, energy efficient LED lighting and a grey water system
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Tree Snake House also boasts reinforced insulation, solar panels, energy efficient LED lighting and a grey water system
The treehouses come equipped with kitchenette, bathroom, lounge area and raised double bed
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The treehouses come equipped with kitchenette, bathroom, lounge area and raised double bed
Tree Snake Houses by night
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Tree Snake Houses by night
The two Tree Snake Houses were prefabricated off-site before being transported by truck to the forest location
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The two Tree Snake Houses were prefabricated off-site before being transported by truck to the forest location
The two Tree Snake Houses were prefabricated off-site before being transported by truck to the forest location
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The two Tree Snake Houses were prefabricated off-site before being transported by truck to the forest location
The Tree Snake House snakes it way through the tree tops
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The Tree Snake House snakes it way through the tree tops
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Tree Snake Houses by RA Architectural and Design Studio is the latest in a long line of innovative treehouses that we've covered at Gizmag. Located at the Pedras Salgadas Spa and Nature Park in the north of Portugal, the pair of houses snake their way through the tree tops, offering simple and private accommodation.

Made from mostly natural and wooden materials, the two Tree Snake Houses were prefabricated off-site before being transported by truck to the forest location. Both dwellings feature a long, wooden bridge-like entrance which stretches up from ground level. The central core of the house then sits amid the treetops and is supported by three steel support beams which are positioned in an almost tripod formation, causing little impact on the terrain. The wooden elements of the units also help them to blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment.

The bed is centrally positioned underneath a large skylight, most likely envisaged for for star gazing
The bed is centrally positioned underneath a large skylight, most likely envisaged for for star gazing

The interior of both treehouses feature an open planned living area and comes equipped with kitchenette, bathroom, lounge and raised double bed. The bed is centrally positioned underneath a large skylight – most likely envisaged for star gazing. The Tree Snake House also boasts reinforced insulation, solar panels, energy efficient LED lighting and a graywater system.

The RA architectural firm, in collaboration with the Modular System Company, is currently developing similar treehouse modules; which include the Mountain Snake House, River Snake House and Sand Snake House.

Sources: RA Architects, Pedras Salgadas

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3 comments
BigGoofyGuy
I think that is really cool. I think I would have some other color than white since it looks to 'sterile' for my taste.
Justin Schetrompf
It it really a tree house and not an elevated platform dwelling, agree that white is too sterile, creeps me out.
Susan Miller
Beautiful and amazing!! The 'white' is actually plain milled wood and if you click on the pic you can see the wall more clearly. I too thought they were white. I really want to visit this and especially as it's only 1 hour from where we live !