Embryo Treehouse

Ecological and innovative design for a treehouse.

The designer Antony Gibbon is very aware of the enviroment an try to usem when it’s possible sustinable materials for his structures.

“Embryo” as he designer explains, “is a cylindrical two story tree dwelling that utilises the principles of bio mimicry. The design of the structure was to give the illusion that it is almost part of the tree trunk like a Burl as well a taking certain elements from a wasps nest. It is clad with cedar shingles to blend the structure in with the surroundings.

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The Embryo derives its name from the early stages of development in nature. The idea was to re address the way we live in today’s society and look at a more ecological and a simpler way of living than consuming our earths resources. We are more and more being disconnected from our natural surroundings and the embryo is part of a series of designs to try and reunite and reconnect us back to the elements and how we interact with nature, whilst using materials resourcefully.


The Embryo is attached to the tree using a series of braces that do not interfere with the growth of the tree or cause damage to the bark of the trunk. The entrance is through a hatch door which leads up to the first floor and again up to the second floor via steps that spiral upwards on the internal walls of the cylinder. This allows maximum floor space and makes it capable of sleeping up to 4 people. There are three different designs of windows to the structure which can be custom made to suit each tree house depending on the light levels of the surrounding area”. Antony Gibbon

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