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Leif House


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Leif House


Leif House

The Leif House is the original O2 Treehouse geodesic dome design, dubbed the ‘floating lantern’ by many because of the striking glowing silhouette it poses against the night sky. It is to date still the highest aloft and the lightest structure built by O2 Treehouse. Weighing in at only 1,200 pounds, the Leif House was kept ultra light by utilizing aluminum struts for the frame and recycled plastic for the flooring, canopy, and basket lift. This iconic Buckminster Fuller inspired design was the spark that lit the O2 Treehouse flame. The Leif House’s combination of formal sculptural sensibilities, functional design and environmental sensibility stand as an enduring example of the O2 Treehouse mission, to inspire humanity to reconsider how it can co-exist with nature in aesthetically unique yet sustainable ways. Materials: Aluminum, Marine Plywood, Recycled Plastic HDPE Flooring, HDPE Canopy

100sq' - 13' Diameter - 10' Peak Roof Height - 50' height - 25 Zipper Windows - Basket Winch Entry


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Sky Bungalow


Sky Bungalow


Sky Bungalow 

In acknowledgment and respect to the presiding architectural vernaculars the design with its steep roof, dormer style windows and exposed roof rafters take cues from French Provincial, Bungalow, and Second Empire architectural styles.  The wonderful eye candy roof bridges the design with child's fantasy story "Hansel and Gretel" or "The Adventures of Mark Twain".  The structure sits atop a recently topped Spruce tree and is entered via a trunk ladder and trap door. The front 4' diameter port window opens allowing ample fresh air into the structure. This treehouse, perfectly distinct and fantastical, undoubtedly will be a lasting childhood memory for the three boys who call it their own.  Materials: Steel Support Frame, Cedar Siding, Marine Plywood, Tar paper, Pine, Acrylic

6'x9'x11' - 54sq' - 8' high 10' Floor Height - Underfloor Entry Hangout - 2 x 4' Diameter Windows - 2 Dormer Windows - 9' Peak Roof Height

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Lotus


Lotus


Lotus

Designer and architect Dustin Feider’s inspiration for these aesthetic beauties was ‘ship wreck meets lotus flower.’ Each structure was pre-fabricated onsite and then installed around the live oak tree utilizing a circular tube that supports cables tied to the tree’s branches. Each vertical slat is a custom length and each facet tilts at a different angle, but all come together with custom precision. A ship-like two seat wooden cable car creates quick transportation between the two hillside structures, which can also be entered by wooden steps. Materials: Doug Fir, Steel Central Hubs & Ring, Marine Plywood

80sq' Large Structure - 12' Diameter - 8' Height - 50sq' Small Structure - 8' Diameter - Cable Tram System - Ladder Entry - 3' Height


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Blum


Blum


Blum House

For the Blum House build, designing a treehouse structure to fit his clients’ unique property topography awarded a new challenge to O2 owner and architect Dustin Feider. The clients’ main house sits on a narrow plateau along a steep hillside, allowing the children almost no backyard room to play. B.T. (before treehouse), the Blum children would climb a rope up the hillside to a narrow path that traversed the hill where they would play for hours. Dustin’s solution to the Blums’ dilemma was this beautiful ship inspired structure, complete with cabin, captain’s doors and bow and stern decks, rigged into the hillside via steel cables anchored in concrete footings. The ‘tree-ship’ is entered by climbing a rope ladder up the hillside, through an under carriage entry, up a second ladder, and through a trap door onto the ‘poop deck’ of the tree-ship. Ahoy, Matey! Materials: Doug Fir, Aluminum & Steel Sub Structure

130sq' - Hill Side Entry Rope Ladder - 14' Height - Trap Door Entry - Fabric Enclosed Interior Space - Front & Back Deck


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Gardeners


Gardeners


 

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Gennaker


Gennaker


Gennaker

This project is named for the large sail that covers one of the two platforms, known in sailing terms as a ‘gennaker’. The client was searching for a treehouse kit on the internet and found O2 Treehouse. The scope of the project started out as a simple 1, 2, Treehouse cube and grew into a larger scale custom build with two connected platforms, one an open deck with hard ladder entry and the other covered by a watertight canopy and accessed via rope ladder to trap door entry. The final design developed around the client’s magnificent row of three large trees in a row, perfect for hanging structures between and which also shade and camouflage the treehouse activities. A wooden walkway connects the two 10 foot high, cable hung structures, which are surrounded on the ground by three O2 installed swings and zip line. The Gennaker has been inspiring and fun for kids and adults alike, who can all appreciate and enjoy the simple pleasure of life aloft. Materials: FSI Doug Fir & Pine, Reused Sailboat Sail, Steel Components, Rope, Plywood

110sq' - 6'x8' Tented Structure - 8' Height - 6'x8' Open Deck - Access Crawl Bridge - x2 Entry Rope Ladders, Circle Window


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Bamboo Play


Bamboo Play


Bamboo Tripod

The Healy-Browns came to O2 Treehouse looking to build a unique play structure for their two young, highly energetic boys. The challenge was that their backyard was barely bigger than a Volkswagen Bug. The resulting bamboo play structure was constructed using a tensegrity tri-pod. It includes two hanging platforms, a catwalk, a bamboo sanctuary, and several rope ladders. A climbing rope hangs in between the two platforms, acting as both a swing and a quick getaway. One of the best features of this bamboo wonderland is a long catwalk of live bamboo that disappears into a bamboo thicket. On squelching summer days, one can find relief from the sun of the upper platforms by descending to this cool, shaded corridor. If you have your monkey chops, a secret exit will bring you through the branches down to the ground. Best of all, the structure footprint takes up no more than 80 square feet, leaving the Healy-Browns and their guests enough room to move about the yard and still easily use the back exit. Materials: Guadua Bamboo, Doug Fir Decking, Steel Brackets, Concrete, Nylon Play Netting, Rope

95sq' - Bamboo Tensegrity - 2 Platforms 6' & 11' Height - Two Rope Ladder Entry - Swing Rope - Cat Walk -  Bamboo Grove Play Area


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Living Green


Living Green


Geo Living Green

This geodesic was created for display at the St. Paul Convention Center in St. Paul MN for at the Living Green Expo in spring of 2007. The Living Green Expo is a sustainability festival that seeks to turn values into actions to achieve the highest quality natural environment for Minnesotans, and is organized by the Minnesota Environmental Partnership. Materials: HDPE, Plywood, Steel Struts

100sq' - HDPE Canopy - 25 Zipper Windows - Step Entry - Lunar Lander Legs


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Ginger House


Ginger House


 

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Berkely Play House


Berkely Play House


 

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Menlo Magic


Menlo Magic


 

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Treehouse Masters


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Tree Tower


Tree Tower


Tree Tower

10' diameter icosahedron open deck frame with deck. Club house sits 12' atop a recycled telephone pole with two sub hang platforms. A ladder ascends the tower through a trap door in the floor to the upper perch.  The family with to young boys wanted something that their kids would have unlimited jungle gym play on and also offer a creativity potential that most playgrounds do not posses.  The yard had very limited space and no capable trees.  We brought in our own tree that provided multiple levels to perch from with the ultimate crows nest look out tower. The structure also had a ground level platform about 3 feet high as well as a monkey bars that traversed from the tree tower to jungle gym bars. The final touch on the structure is a swinging rope that hangs down from the upper platform and rope ladder leading out of the back of the upper platform. The kids were thrilled with the structure and have since come up with countless games involving the tower. Materials: Doug Fir, Recycled Telephone Pole, Steel Hubs, Concrete

30sq' - 15' Height - Entry ladder - Underfloor Crawl Space - Rope Swing - Monkey Bars  


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TreePi


TreePi


TreePi

Departing from the traditional O2 Treehouse geodesic frame, this custom structure was designed to be a tee-pee like playhouse for two young children. The TreePi is built around a single trunk Canadian Pine utilizing a cable support system and features a cathedral like interior space that runs 25 feet from top to bottom and encompasses several vine wrapped branches. Its components include ten wedge-shaped steel frames, a tapered bowl-shaped Douglas fir base, trap door entry, and canopy constructed from a recycled sailboat sail. A steel tension ring at the top brings together diagonally running cables from the edges of the base structure and vertically running cables that run parallel to the tree trunk and rig the center of the base structure. This ring spreads the load of the structure through its body as well as distributing its weight evenly through the tree’s limbs. Boasting a terrific view of the western Los Angeles skyline, the structure?s six windows flood the playhouse with natural light. Materials: Doug Fir, Steel Sub Structure, Reused Sail Boat Sails

155sq' - 25' Peak Roof Height - 3 Hinging Window Panels - 6' Height