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Oregon man thrashes local children in treehouse-building contest


January 20, 2010

Roy Wilkinson must have the coolest house on the block.

Roy Wilkinson must have the coolest house on the block.

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Everyone loves a treehouse - they seem to inspire a universal feeling of childlike wonder, and done right they really tickle the old 'living in harmony with nature' glands too. We've covered some beauties over the years here at Gizmag, but this one has to be the grand-daddy of them all. The work of architect Robert Harvey Oshatz, the Wilkinson Residence makes use of a steeply sloped block to put the house's main level right up in the tree canopy. Stunning from every angle, it uses curves and waves to echo the owner's love of the natural landscape with a slightly musical theme.

What a magical home! Roy Wilkinson's treehouse home in Portland, Oregon does such a great job of blending the natural with the designed that it manages not to feel contrived, despite the wild shapes and angles Oshatz has used.

Privacy is maintained by the use of a curved wall on the side that faces the road, while the rear-facing side is entirely glassed over, producing a wonderful feeling of floating among the treetops. The rear decking opens right out among the trees, at least 10 or 15 metres up off the ground... Me, I'd be putting in a series of Tarzan ropes to get down to the shops.

Awesome stuff - get into the photo gallery to see more!

From Robert Harvey Oshatz (whose website highlights a whole bunch of amazing works), via Twisted Sifter.

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Excuse my ignorance but doesn\'t a tree house usually have part of its structure supported by and built around or amongst branches an actual living tree?

From what I can see in the pictures this \"tree house\" does not.

Nice design, up in the tree canopy but we cannot truly call it a \"tree house\"???


Jamie - I agree - beautiful home but NOT a \"tree house\"

Christopher Wendel

Beautiful house- soft curves throughout which would have been a builders nightmare, but well executed design that fits well into nature. Not a tree house, but quite an exotic home for sure.

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Great looking house that blends into its environment beautifully.


Only a moron who lives in a desert would call this a \"tree house\".


AWESOME, thanks for posting!

Anna Fisher

I used to live just up the road from where this guy lives! I\'m wondering when he built this place? He couldn\'t have picked a better place to put it. :-)


Agree. not a treehouse.

Reuben Richardson

Why should one thrash children in order to build a house? And why use copper instead of something less polluting in a design that is meant to blend into the environment?


A real treehouse has a tree in the inside of it. See:

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I think it is a tree house since it is a house that is amongst the trees. I think it is really nice and really cool.


OMG I want this. The number of distinct hand made parts that must comprise it rather boggles the mind.

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