While the fantasy of living in a treehouse may conjure up images of an idyllic lifestyle in the forest, not everyone is necessarily going to want to build their own shelter. For the more laid-back (but not "lazy"), tree-loving adventurers amongst us, there's a plethora of pre-fabricated treehouse options out there, such as the Cocoon Tree, a lightweight spherical frame that is suspended from the trees and can be powered by sun and wind.
Created by French designer Berni Du Payrat, the Cocoon Tree weighs a mere 130 pounds, thanks to a frame made out of aluminum, which can hold up to one ton. The frame is hung from the trees from 12 points using a system of suspension wires, and safety nets can be put in place as well to provide access or as an extra safety precaution.
The pod is sheltered from the elements with a waterproof skin that completely envelops the structure, and is equipped with mosquito nets for the openings that block pests from entering the interior. The inside can be cooled with a solar- or wind-powered fan.
One of the Cocoon Tree's advantages is its ease of assembly: it would take two people only two hours to set it up, though the company does offer assembly services by a team of professional climbers to show you the ropes, literally.
In contrast to other tree pods we've seen, the Cocoon Tree is more of a tree bed, as it comes with a custom-made round bed of 2.4 meters (7.8 feet) in diameter, perfect for intimate snuggling.
Whether they are hung from trees, placed on a ground platform or floating on water (but attached to a fixed pole), the pod is meant to be a versatile and comfortable structure. The company also offers other beach-bound and bamboo-like versions of the Cocoon, with the Cocoon Beach starting at USD $5,000 and the Cocoon Tree at USD $8,000. Check out Cocoon Trees for more info.