All of us at one point in our childhood, and potentially into our adulthood, for some of us, have always dreamed of the perfect tree house. One that you could hide out in away from your parents and do whatever you wanted (of course, as a child what raucous activity could we have even come up with?) But, now those days are gone and the dream tree house seems to be unobtainable, unless of course you take into account this tree trunk house. This right here is a tree house for adults; for one, it’s on the ground. Two, the look of it and design are awesomely impressive– it is not fully made out of those tree trunks you see on the outside, the inside is still a normal living space.
This inconspicuous tree trunk house was creatively crafted by artist, architect, and designer Piet Hein Eek, creating what has become a perfect spot for peace, quiet, and serenity. If you were to approach this tree trunk house you probably wouldn’t even think twice about it, because you would think it was just an old pile of tree trunks; talk about a sweet hideout!
The tree trunk house was created by having large tree trunks cut and then applied to the outside of a ‘shack’, creating the look of a pile of cut wood. Really, this design could be applied to any type of housing or structure, with the right application of course. It would be an awesome look for ski town neighborhoods and personal cabins.
When you go inside of the tree trunk house it has the appearance of a completely normal house. White walls, windows, built-in shelving; there is no hint of the powerful use of wood on the outside. Eek has really found a good market for this design, selling more and more of them; garden sheds are even being designed. If you are in a rural area, or have an amazing backyard and garden set up, this tree trunk house (or shed) would be an excellent addition to the home.
Photos © Thomas Mayer