Botanic Superlatives: The World's Largest Treehouse

August 24, 2012
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One day a minister in Crossville, Tennessee was praying when, as he says, god made a suggestion. "If you build a tree house, I'll see that you never run out of material." And so Horace Burgess found a good tree, and began gathering wood. Today, 19 years later, the minister's treehouse is about 97 feet tall—the largest in the world, says Burgess, and probably the only one with a basketball hoop in the chapel.

The Redwood Treehouse in New Zealand

July 23, 2012
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Three years ago, a treehouse in New Zealand won the hearts of architecture critics, restauranteurs, and sustainable designers. The pine-slatted pod suspended visitors in a redwood tree, then served them canapes and petit fours. The treehouse was designed with locally milled redwood, built by local labor, and also made an Auckland accordion player named Tracey quite famous.