6 Outrageous Tree Houses You’ll Want in Your Backyard

Have your head in the clouds? These fantastical structures are just the place to visit.

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The UFO © Peter Lundstrom. Courtesy of Treehotel
Ever wanted to be an astronaut without suffering zero-g motion sickness? Book this "room" at the Treehotel, located in a pine forest in northern Sweden. The 323-square-foot space—with a separate bathroom and living area—sleeps five.

The Lightbox

The Lightbox © Robert Potokar, Andraž Kavčič, Robert Marčun
This "treebox" may have been created as a play space for kids, but the design is decidedly grown-up. Built by Robert Potokar and his firm, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the structure has a wall of plexiglass, which is not only a striking visual statement but allows its occupants to have the ultimate immersive experience with the outdoors.

Stilt House

Stilt House © Markus Bollen
Andreas Wenning and his firm Baumraum have built more than 30 treehouse-like structures—including this two-story tower in Schonhagen, Germany—for private clients and hotels in Europe and the United States. This structure stands proudly in a pond, and its first level is reached via staircase and catwalk. About the lure of treehouses, Wenning told the blog hometreehome, "It is a space in between. It’s not on the earth, it is not in the air....[Treehouses are] a space for romantic, quietness, concentration and common space with friends and family.

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Tree Castles in Two Sizes

Tree Castles in Two Sizes © Blue Forest
Built by U.K. firm Blue Forest, this turreted treehouse compound is actually a pair of spaces—a larger lodge for adults, a small one for kids—connected by a rope bridge. The adult house has a kitchen (with wine fridge), bathroom, and the space to hold an elegant dinner party. The children's house, three towers big, contain a luxurious feature more appropriate for wee ones. A hidden trapdoor leads to a game room with a plasma TV and a game console. Still, kids may be too busy outside to investigate—to top it all off, there's an attached 80-yard zip line.

The HemLoft

The HemLoft © Joel Allen
The HemLoft—named because it's perched atop a towering hemlock tree in the backwoods of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada—was a passion project for carpenter Joel Allen. It took him around three years of on-and-off work to construct, and it contains a sleeping area, a desk, a cooking space, and a balcony. Bathing takes place in nearby lakes and waterfalls, and for other bathroom activities, well, there are the woods.

The Birds' Nest

The Birds' Nest © Peter Lundstrom. Courtesy of Treehotel
This is another of the guest "rooms" at Sweden's Treehotel. With two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a living room, it can fit a family of four. To prevent intruders from entering the nest, the staircase is retractable.

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inside the Birds' Nest

inside the Birds' Nest © Peter Lundstrom. Courtesy of Treehotel
Despite its crunchy exterior, the nest has a surprisingly modern yet cozy interior.

Tree Houses

Tree Houses
All images are from the new book Tree Houses, edited by Loft Publications, which has photos of 50 of the best structures from around the world.

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