Roost and Inhabit concept homes are at one with nature


January 16, 2013

Roost and Inhabit are both designed to blend fully into their natural surroundings

Roost and Inhabit are both designed to blend fully into their natural surroundings

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An increasing number of homes are being built to blend in with their location more fully and offer a way of life in tune with nature. However, two concept homes designed by Antony Gibbon go further than this, by promising a comfortable and elegant dwelling which doesn’t just blend in, but almost becomes part of the local surroundings.

Roost comprises several pod-like capsules. These capsules are harnessed to the trunk of each tree using a nondestructive bracing technique, which still allows the trees to live and grow.

Each capsule that makes up the discreet dwelling has a central staircase leading to an outdoor platform. This allows the resident to enjoy the surrounding nature – which is the main point of such an unusual abode, after all. The outdoor platforms also serve as a connection to the next pod, and add some additional structural support.

A pod sleeps up to two people and an exterior platform situated far above the tree canopy affords panoramic views of the landscape. Access to the network of pods is gained by just one staircase which leads back to the forest floor.

The more contemporary and spacious Inhabit home is inspired by geometric forms, and can be erected in various ways so as to best suit the land. Access to the stilted structure is gained via a trapdoor underneath.

Inhabit can sleep between four and six people, depending on the design implemented. In addition to comforts like a wood-burning stove and rugs, the home makes use of ample natural light via expansive windows.

Alas, both the Roost and Inhabit are still yet to be produced, but the designer seeks a commission to bring them into being.

Source: Antony Gibbon Designs via Inhabitat

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What about lightening strikes? Great idea and would love 1. Maybe have a collector that charges batteries when lightening hits? Solar? Lots of ideas but would love 1 anyway.

Tony Johnson

The way trees move in the wind will destroy any treehouse that is inflexibly mounted to two or more trees or even two widely separated branches in one tree.


Slowburn, I think that wouldn't be quite right. I think the term "tree house" is a little misleading. An actual house, in a tree or on the ground, will be close to, or even more than 100 tones. The stresses involved should be quite manageable with either support beams or something performing that function. Obviously, any house, on the ground or in a tree, can potentially be damaged by wind if the wind is strong enough. And I understand why you say what you do. But the structure wouldn't be fragile, not like a "tree house" built for kids to camp out in in the back yard.


I think it is really cool. It shows - IMO - that one can live among the trees without having to give up some 'comforts' of home.


re; GrantH

If the rigid structure is strong enough the damage will be done to the tree. I have seen it happen both ways but I have also seen a tree house with flexible mounts that has lasted decades.


It's a nice concept and all. The views would be fantastic. However, it's not very practical. Nearly every time I'm going to and from the outside world, I find myself lugging several items. The thought of lugging groceries and such up to those houses just stuns me. I guess it's not for everyone or perhaps it could be used as a vacation home away from home. Even then, you'd still be lugging things into it. Great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

Gene Jordan

These are simple problems to overcome. Trees do move in the wind, so build a couple of bedrooms in one, a flexible bridge to the kitchen/great room. Toting food, etc, up a long ladder is no fun, so rig up your own one person elevator with secure platform and pulleys. Use a counter weight that carries most of your weight and small dc motor for movement, which can recover power on the way down, minimal power use.

Jack Sprat

I'd like to see one of these tree houses servive a hurricane, That would be a good test of engineering. Maybe city and state governments should start planting taller and thicker tress, Imagine a city of redwoods country wide..


The tree house looks fantastic but im sorry to say it would only last one season in Australia as the first bushfire through the area would devastate it even built out of fire proof materials it would still destroy any thing in it

Downed Biker

Energy harvested from wind and movement can be used to store energy hydraulically or mechanically. This energy can then run an elevator and perform other functions.

Gary Richardson

One of the reasons our ancestors lived in caves and not trees is because caves don't burn.

What are you going to do clear out all the surrounding vegetation make all the structure out of some material that looks like timber but does not burn and then build a tree house in the vacant space.

So you end up with no forest and tree houses that are impracticle.

If you prevent forest fires you will soon find all the trees will be dead. It is a necessary part of a natural cycle.


About that "ancestors lived in caves and not trees" comment ...

We evolved in trees, actually, I think ... and now they say we just stayed in the trees and didn't go out an live on the savannah. I think the cave thing was more like in the Flintstones.

Albert Sudonim
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