British architect and designer Antony Gibbon creates concepts of buildings that are close to nature, or even a part of it. The Embryo, for example, looks like it’s attached to the actual tree trunks that it’s stuck to. The Helix Tree House is similar in it’s mimicking nature, but rather than being built into a tree, it wants to mimic a tree altogether thus making it a proper treehouse.
The Helix works as a two-story house. The bathroom, lounge, kitchenette are located on the bottom floor, with a bedroom on the top floor that is accessed via a spiralling staircase. The exterior of the Helix is clad in slatted wooden beams and the turning facade that resembles the double helix shape of the DNA molecule. Depending on where you wish to place the Helix, the big bedroom window can give you unique and elevated views.
We reached out Gibbons to hear more about the eyecatching living spaces.
What gave you the idea of the turning facade?
— I was particularly interested in biomimicry and biophilia when designing these treehouses. I wanted to create rustic structures which blended into the surrounding environment to create a unique glamping feel.
Will they be available in Scandinavia?
— Yes, we work with different building teams around the globe local to the region of the client to keep costs down and use local materials as much as possible.
Where would you like to place a Helix Treehouse?
— Anywhere as long as it sits into its surrounding landscape. These structures need trees around them to help work with the design so the Helix does not stand out too much.