Perched above it all, treehouses are an architecture of playful escape. This gloriously curvy example—a treehouse built at a design-conscious eco-hotel in Tulum, Mexico—looks to be a particularly sweet suite. Its Seussian shape peeks out above the jungle canopy, serving up expansive views of the trees and sea beyond.
The Gaudí-esque lodging was designed by the resort’s proprietor and chief architect, Emilio Heredia, and it’s just one of nearly a hundred casita structures dotting the Papaya Playa Project. The structure’s sturdy base is made primarily of chunks of local limestone. Natural timber logs rise two stories, supporting an external stair and elevated terrace leading to the raised shelter above.
The Treehouse is small—its main circular room has just enough space for a double bed. But there also appears to be a bathroom and shower, plus an attic room that serves as a meditation studio.
The building’s exterior and interior is finished with chukum, a Mayan technique using tree resin mixed with lime and limestone sand to create a sort of water-sealed plaster. On the interior, the white walls are complimented by warm wood curved beams and floor boards. Live tree branches also thrust through purpose-made holes in the walls, making the shelter feel one with nature.