Lightweight, Recyclable Tree Tent is Inspired by Airships

© Luminair

Unlike treehouses, temporary tree shelters can take many forms -- depending whether they are being used for, say, rainforest research or for leisure. Inspired by traditional zeppelin airships, the spherical, canvas-skinned Tree Tent is a low-impact shelter for forest living from British design firm Luminair. It looks like the wood-clad Free Spirit Sphere, but its lightweight frame and various options make it appear more comfortable than most (it can be heated and supplied with water too!).

Combining a team with experience in balloon and airship engineering, precision machining, fabrication and autosport engineering, the Luminair Tree Tent's hybrid airframe is made out of steam-bent green ash and lightweight, recyclable aluminum -- making it easy to transport and set up. The spherical shape helps with even load distribution and ensuring that rain slips off.

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The skin is cotton canvas that has been hand-tailored, covering the 3-meter diameter structure that can fit two people inside with room to spare for storage, and options like a micro-woodstove, flue-mounted water heater, thermal liners or even a solar-powered battery pack and water storage tank that can both be hidden underneath the floor.

© Luminair
© Luminair
© Luminair

Luminair's Tree Tents can be rigged with specialized, extra-strong roping to suspend from the trees, or can be set up as a stand alone structure on adjustable stilts. According to the site, a standard frame, canvas cover and rigging start at £8000, or £6500 for the earthbound version. More details at Luminair's Tree Tent site.

Tags: Architecture | Camping

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