The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice: Philip Jodidio – Trees of Life.
- Tom Chudleigh, Free Spirit Spheres, Qualicum Bay, British Columbia, Canada. Tom Chudleigh
- Michael Ince, Bialsky Tree House, Bridgehampton, New York. Pete Nelson
- Roderick Wolgamott Romero, Lake-Nest Tree House, New York. Roderick Wolgamott Romero
- Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, Mirrorcube Tree Hotel, Harads, Sweden. Åke E:son Lindman
- Pacific Environments, Yellow Tree House Restaurant, Warkworth, New Zealand. Lucy Gauntlett
Beyond its childhood associations and escapist lure, the treehouse stands as one of the earliest and most deceptively simple architectural dwellings. Everyone from the ancient Egyptians to Caligula (who once held a banquet atop a tree) to the modern-day designerRoderick Wolgamott Romero (who has built arboreal structures for Sting, Donna Karan and Julianne Moore) has paid homage to these castles in the sky. The latest tribute comes from the Harvard graduate and Taschen Architecture Now! series author Philip Jodidio, whose book “Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air” (Taschen, $70) catalogs 50 tree homes from around the world.
With illustrations and cover art by the Los Angeles artistPatrick Hruby, “Tree Houses” visits such creations as a 22-square-meter house belonging to Sweden’s Treehotel. Called the Blue Cone, the red-colored split-birch shingled lodging is accessible via a bridge and offers four beds, a standalone sleeping loft, bathroom and living quarters. Equally intriguing is the Honey Sphere house, designed byDustin Feider, which was exhibited on the grounds of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art before it found a permanent residence at the Beverly Hills home of the Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. The 2009 construction has 210 openings, 420 facets and a mandala print pattern pine floor. Some of the treehouses are more futuristic, like one built out of stainless steel sheets around a willow tree near the Spree River in Berlin.
Jodidio says in his introduction that trees have always been “a place to dream and a place to find refuge,” explaining the enduring appeal of these structures. “A man in a tree could look down on daily existence like a bird in flight, a step to breaking the bounds of the ordinary, a hint of immortality.”
Source: N.Y. Times
Editorial: SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras
Gustavo López Ospina
Pieter Jan Brouwer
Assistant: Emilia Romero
The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice is associated with the International Environmental Mission, a grass roots citizens movement created by Chilean Senator Juan Pablo Letelier.
SELVA Vida Sin Fronteras acknowledges Kevin Schafer’s important contribution towards protecting the highly endangered Amazon pink fresh water dolphin. Title photographs of our “The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice” were taken by Mr. Schafer.