We've covered plenty of treehouses, real and faux, but this recently completed effort in Jerusalem is truly a stunning one. No, you can't live in it, but it sure seems like the kind of place one would want to bring a cushion and stay for a while. Designed by architects Ifat Finkelman and Deborah Warschawski, the new treehouse and its bumpy rubber playground form the entrance courtyard of the Youth Wing for Art Education at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The structure, with a real, breathing pine tree running through it, was constructed from 2-cm ipe wood boards affixed a steel frame.
Though there's a mild ramp leading up to the hideout, this designy spin on the traditional treehouse is not entirely devoid of climbing opportunities. As photos below demonstrate, the netting enclosing the trunk on the interior can be climbed, as well as a pole that takes you straight up from the ground. And at night, the netting illuminates so that the treehouse becomes a sort of floating beacon...nice!