16 one-of-a-kind tree houses designed and built by Delaware Valley architects and artisan
The exhibit will be an eclectic woodland wonderland unified by intense creativity and admiration for trees. One-of-a-kind tree houses designed and built by Delaware Valley architects and artisans will be on display May 31-September 28 at the Arboretum. From the elegantly simple to the fantastically elaborate, each house is designed to inspire wonder and appreciation for trees in visitors of all ages!
The tree house designers represent a wide cross section of arts and crafts from Philadelphia and nearby communities. Students and professionals from the fields of architecture, carpentry, landscape design, and landscape architecture will be working alongside potters, metalworkers, artists and furniture makers. Some tree houses are designed and built by one person, while others are created by teams of professionals or impromptu partnerships of neighbors and friends.
The resulting designs are equally diverse. Tyler’s Tree Home builds a sculptural metal house for a tree and the animals that live there. Cords hanging through the roof of the Bell House invite visitors to make the bells chime. A pink elephant tiptoes along a tulip tree branch in Scared Silly. Elevated boardwalks in The Birch House take visitors on a journey through a tree’s life cycle, while a staircase enclosed with bark-like shingles leads to a breathtaking Sky View through the silvery branches of an American beech.
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