Cool Engineering – The Ultimate Treehouse

3 06 2007

Just when you thought things couldn’t get weirder, they do. A couple of architects and an environmental engineer have teamed up to design a house that you can literally “grow” from trees. The Fab Tree Hab, as it’s called, is designed in such a way that trees are grown to provide the raw framework of the house over 5 years. The walls and such are then filled in using materials like mud and plaster. The interiors are then done up using conventional technologies. Power comes from solar energy, and there’s a specialized rainwater harvester/septic tank to process, recycle and provide tap water. The whole ideas is to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Some additional benefits are easy setup of swings for kids from some the branches, natural shade, etc. Here’s a conceptual video walk-through:

I would love to see this come to fruition. It would be really cool to see just how big a structure they can build with this. Maybe they could outdo Mukesh Ambani’s monster 60 storey “house” in Mumbai. That would certainly leave him “green” with envy. Pardon the pun. The full article is at SCIFI.com here.

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