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Redwoods Treehouse offers a unique treetop dining experience

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May 7, 2012

The Redwoods Treehouse in New Zealand offers a unique tree-top location for dinner parties and private functions

The Redwoods Treehouse in New Zealand offers a unique tree-top location for dinner parties and private functions

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Auckland based firm Pacific Environment Architects is the creator of this impressive treehouse located near Warkworth in New Zealand. The Redwoods Treehouse is a striking pod-shaped structure built ten meters (33 feet) high in the tree tops. Originally commissioned as part of a marketing campaign for the Yellow Pages phone directory, the treehouse is now a permanent attraction for treetop diners.

The pod itself accommodates 30 guests, and access is provided by a 60-meter (197-ft) elevated tree-top walkway, built using redwood that was milled on site. The architectural component embodies a simple pod-like form that appears to be “organically” wrapped around the tree trunk. Anchor points at the top and the bottom structurally tie the pod in position, and the circular plan opens on the axis to accommodate the entrance and playful tree-top walkway.

The treehouse structure features an impressive height of over 40 meters (131 ft), split-level flooring and a 1.7 meter (5.6 ft) diameter at the base. The curved fins are made from glue-laminated pine, while plantation poplar has been used for the slats. Open space left between the fins and slats allows for natural sunlight to filter through the structure during the day, and by night it transforms into a glowing tree-top lantern. To loosen the regularity of the elements, steel has been wrapped arbitrarily around the pod, while acrylic sheeting fixed to the roof and roll-down café-style blinds render the structure weather resistant.

Secluded among the peaceful New Zealand landscape, the Redwoods Treehouse offers a unique location for dinner parties and private functions. The treetop restaurant is available for daily hire, with a range of catering options to choose from.

Source: Redwoods Treehouse and Pacific Environment Architects

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5 Comments

New Zealand and wooden structures being built around giant trees? Why is there no mention of LotR?

Alex Lekander

The Ewoks love it!

Bob Ehresman

That is dinner with a grand view. It would be cool to eat there.

BigGoofyGuy

I commented on this North Auckland area large Redwood Tree house some three weeks ago in relation to a small and contentious item illicitly erected in a North American Forest and posted in Gizmag. I suggested in my previous 'wrynic' comment that all that remained of the Redwood Tree House Restaurant near Warkworth were the skeletal structures, and my today May 9th investigations do not indicate anything currently operational as a restaurant. Possibly it is so exclusive that it only puts on a display at night and does not advertise locally, either in Auckland City or the Rodney District which embraces Warkworth???

wrynic

It operates only during the southern summer months, I think.

Simon Drozdowski
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