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Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air

Hardcover, 10.2 x 13.4 in., 6.74 lb, 352 pages
US$ 70
Havens of imagination, the tree houses in this book may come in different shapes and sizes, but all require a commitment to climbing high. Inspiring photographs of 50 different dream structures sit alongside verdantly green illustrations by artist Patrick Hruby and detailed background information on each house, complete with a short biography for all architects featured.

Branching Out

Childhood fantasy meets grown-up savoir faire
The idea of climbing a tree for shelter, or just to see the earth from another perspective, is surely as old as humanity. Tree houses are chronicled in ancient civilizations and their lore crosses through the history of every part of the world where trees grow. This stunningly illustrated study offers a tour of the best tree houses in the world, some designed by architects, others the work of unknown craftsmen. A teahouse, a restaurant, a hotel, a playhouse for children, or a perch from which to contemplate life—the tree house can take as many forms as the imagination can offer. In times of concern for sustainability and ecological responsibility, the tree house may also be the ultimate symbol of life in symbiosis with nature. Whether rustic or contemporary in style, tree houses make the most of space. Climb into this trove of tree houses and enjoy a new perspective on the world.
 
  • 50 tree houses from around the world
  • Covers all different styles, from romantic to modern
  • Every house is depicted in several photos as well as one illustration by artist Patrick Hruby from Los Angeles (who also created the book’s cover artwork)
  • Helpful short biographies of all architects
The author

Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His TASCHEN books include the Architecture Now! series and monographs on Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Shigeru Ban, Richard Meier, Zaha Hadid, and soon Norman Foster.

Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air
Hardcover, 10.2 x 13.4 in., 6.74 lb, 352 pages