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6 Beautiful Tree House Restaurants via [Green Picks]

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Eating in a tree: Six wild, tree house restaurants

By Trystan L. Bass

Yellow Treehouse
Restaurant
, New Zealand

Yellow Treehouse
(Photo: Lucy
Gauntlett)

In secluded woodland outside this country’s biggest city of Auckland
hangs a birdhouse-like venue designed by Peter Eising of Pacific Environments
Architects
. The Yellow Treehouse is situated over 32 feet up in a
tree on private land. It seats 18 diners and can be rented for private
events and parties — imagine a wedding reception up in a tree!

Yellow Treehouse
(Photo: Lucy
Gauntlett)

Yellow Treehouse
(Photo: Lucy
Gauntlett)

Yellow Treehouse
(Photo: Lucy
Gauntlett)

Tree House Restaurant, Bar, and
Café
, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Tree House
(Photo:
Polo Alberto)

Nestled high in the cloud forest of Monteverde, this large restaurant
offers fine dining, live music, gourmet coffee, and even free wi-fi to
customers. All within the tangled branches of a giant Higuerón tree.
Take a look at the live webcam
to see what the weather’s like today.

Costa Rica Tree House
(Photo:
Polo Alberto)

Alnwick
Garden Treehouse Restaurant
, United Kingdom

Alnwick Treehouse
(Photo:
Patrick Fulton)

This historical Newcastle garden features a rambling
wooden structure
with a “tree house” restaurant known for fine
local and organic food. While it’s not that high up in the air, the
setting features a roaring fire screened with fallen branches, and
tables are lit by candles. The restaurant and bar are filled with
handcrafted furniture. Altogether, it’s a delightful environment.

Bushbuck
Ridge Treehouse Restaurant
, South Africa

Bushbuck Treehouse
(Photo:
Bushbuck Ridge Game Farm)

Take a walk on the wild side with safari-style meals at this tree
house in Port Elizabeth. Built around two giant yellowwood trees, the
restaurant has spectacular views of the Colleen Glen valley, and it
seats 90 guests for private dining, weddings, and special Sunday
luncheons. Specialties of the house include venison and Kudu, an African
antelope.

Tree House Italian Grill,
United States

Italian Treehouse
(Photo: Tree
House Italian Grill)

For over 700 years, a gracious live oak has stood in what is now
Austin, Texas. Since the 1950s, a restaurant has been built around the
tree, and in 1998, the current old-world patio style restaurant was
created to honor the huge tree. It’s not technically a restaurant in a
tree, but the tree is certainly an important part of the restaurant.

Tree
House Tea
, China

China Treehouse
(Photo:
People’s Daily Online)

Newspapers report that Mengyin County in east China’s mountainous
Shandong Province are trying to attract visitors by opening tree house
restaurants. Perched in a small tree, this 2006 prototype is big enough
for just a few people to enjoy tea and snacks. Hard to tell if the idea
caught on…


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The Local River: An Awesome Sustainable Food Design Project. via [Dezeen] Date

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Local River by Mathieu Lehanneur

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French designer Mathieu Lehanneur has created Local River, a concept for a domestic “refrigerator-aquarium” that breeds freshwater fish for eating and grows vegetables at the same time.

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Inspired by the Locavores movement of people who source food grown locally to avoid pollution and ensure freshness, the project would allow people to produce their own food at home.

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Vegetables growing in floating pots would help purify the water by removing nitrates and other minerals.

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The concept will be presented at Artists Space Gallery in New York from 25 April.

Here’s some info from Lehanneur:

LOCAL RIVER
Mathieu Lehanneur
With
Anthony van den Bossche, spin doctor.

Local River, home storage unit for fish and greens

The Locavores appeared in San Francisco in 2005 and define themselves as ‘a group of culinary adventurers who eat foods produced in a radius of 100 miles (160 km) around their city’. By doing so they aim to reduce impact on the environment inherent to the transport of foodstuffs, while ensuring their traceability.

Local River anticipates the growing influence of this group (the word ‘locavore’ made its first appearance in an American dictionary in 2007) by proposing a home storage unit for live freshwater fish combined with a mini vegetable patch. This DIY fish-farm-cum-kitchen-garden is based on the principle of aquaponics coupled with the exchange and interdependence of two living organisms – plants and fish.

The plants extract nutrients from the nitrate-rich dejecta of the fish. In doing so they act as a natural filter that purifies the water and maintains a vital balance for the eco-system in which the fish live. The same technique is used on large-scale pioneer aquaponics/fish-farms, which raise tilapia (a food fish from the Far East) and lettuce planted in trays floating on the surface of ponds.

Local River responds to everyday needs for fresh food that is 100% traceable. It bets on a return to favour of farm-raised freshwater fish (trout, eel, perch, carp, etc…), given the dwindling supplies of many saltwater species due to over-fishing. It also demonstrates the capacity of fish-farmers to deliver their stock live to a private consumer as a guarantee of optimum freshness – impossible in the case of saltwater fish that has been netted.

Local River aims to replace the decorative ‘TV aquarium’ by an equally decorative but also functional ‘refrigerator-aquarium’. In this scenario, fish and greens cohabit for a short time in a home storage unit before being eaten by their keepers, the end-players in an exchange cycle within a controlled ecosystem.

Materials: glass: blown & thermoformed, water pump, joints.
Dimensions : Large : 64 x 29 x 39 inches, Small : 29 x 18 x 36 inches.

www.artistsspace.org

Mathieu Lehanneur, designer. Graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers in 2001; is currently exploring possibilities in nature and technology for their break-thru potential in functions and their capacity to work magic. Made his international début with a series entitled ‘Elements’ (VIA Carte blanche 2006) and the ‘Bel Air’ filtering system for plants (2007), six objects that form a domestic ‘Health Angels’ kit for rebalancing everyday physiological needs (such as lack of sunlight in winter) and countering aggression factors in urban settings (noise & air pollution).
http://www.mathieulehanneur.com

Anthony van den Bossche, age 36, independent ideas man and curator. Set up Duende Studio in 2007, for events design and press relations. Moved full-time into design in 2001 after working as a journalist, ideas man and producer in television. Has mounted exhibitions such as “Design@home.se’, ‘Norway says’ and ‘Eden ADN, genetic design’ (Biennale de Saint-Etienne 2006) that highlight functional and decorative improvement of living organisms. Member of the purchasing jury of the National Fund for Contemporary Art, decorative arts department, and creator of the world gazette website http://www.resetdesign.com (2002-07).
http://www.duendestudio.fr

Alexandra Midal, professor of theory & history of design at Ecal (Switzerland) and School of Fine Arts of Toulouse (FR), former directress of Frac Haute-Normandie, now an independent curator of exhibitions. Has published several books and catalogues, including ‘Appartement témoin, les annees 50′, ‘Appartement témoin les annees 60′, ‘Antidesign : petite histoire de la capsule d’habitation en images’, and in 2008 ‘Tomorrow Now-When Design Meets Science Fiction’.

–posted by Marcus Fairs.


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Chic Designer Floating Abodes via [TDG]

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Seven cool homes that float

Gone are the days when houseboats were pokey little barges, all of a similar design. Today, you can find some truly amazing, designer floating homes in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Many are eco-friendly while offering the style-conscious homeowner a unique living space.

Here we present seven really cool floating homes:

schwimmhaus houseboat by architects confused-direction
(Photo: Confused-Direction)

Schwimmhaus

This elegant houseboat, designed by German architects Confused-Direction, is ideal for those looking for a compact, stylish, and environmentally friendly floating home. Built using reclaimed wood from an old farmhouse and other sustainable building materials, the green roof adds to the eco-friendly appeal. The simple-yet-sleek interior design offers all the conveniences you could want and is thoroughly modern and unique. The Schwimmhaus was designed to float around or to stay docked permanently.

dubai houseboat
(Photo: X-Architects)

Dubai Houseboat

As with most architectural designs coming out of Dubai, this houseboat is simply stunning. The 220-square-meter home was cleverly designed by Dubai-based architectural firm X-Architects. Set on two catamaran beams, this two-story structure is practically encased solely in glass windows, allowing sunlight to flood the interior. It’ll take the average person more than a few bank loans to get their hands on the swish fittings and up-market features of this chic and spacious floating home, even if it’s just to rent for a week!

arctic houseboat from covey island boatworks
(Photo: Covey Island Boatworks)

Arctic Houseboat

The term “really cool” takes on new meaning with this amazing houseboat, developed specifically for the Arctic winter. Inspired by the Inuit practice of turning their hunting boats upside down for winter shelter, the builders of this unique structure — Covey Island Boatworks — took the idea to a new level by creating a prefabricated, highly insulated home that can endure harsh climates. Equipped with solar, wind, and marine power systems, this self-contained unit can be placed virtually anywhere. The interior is cozy and compact and contains all the modern conveniences most people crave.

floating solar house by mark kingsley architects
(Photo: Mark Kingsley Architects)

Floating Solar House

Environmentally conscious, UK-based Kingsley Architects have reinvented caravan holidays with these unique and eco-friendly solar-powered houseboats. Apparently, the ingenious design enables the structure to be totally self-sufficient for up to a year at a time. It can also be docked at a floating home community to utilize the site’s power, fresh water, and sewage treatment facilities. Similar in design to a camper van, this 75-square-meter houseboat has an open kitchen and living area space with enclosed sleeping areas in the back.

summer houseboat by vladimir plotkin for archstoyanie
(Photo: Vladimir Plotkin / Archstoyanie)

Summer Houseboat

This completely unique design by Russian architect Vladimir Plotkin was created for the 2008 Archstoyanie Summer Festival in Russia, where the theme was Noah‘s Ark. A rather odd-looking structure, the giant disc-like living space is suspended above a floating platform and is accessed via ladders. The interior is very compact, but by no means claustrophobic. The lattice walls ensure constant ventilation and the large portholes provide ample natural light.

cosmic muffin boat converted from an airplane
(Photo: http://www.planeboats.com)

Cosmic Muffin

This extraordinary home certainly gets tongues wagging. Once owned by Howard Hughes, the 1930’s Boeing 307 Stratoliner was converted into a houseboat and is now a famous tourist attraction in Fort Lauderdale. Surprisingly roomy inside, it houses a small sleeping area and bathroom at the rear of the aircraft, while the main hull is dedicated to living space that features a large bar area and even a PC workstation.

luxury houseboat in kerala india
(Photo: http://www.keralagreenery.org)

Indian Luxury Houseboat

This beautiful houseboat is an ideal holiday home for those wishing to explore southern India without having to change hotels on a regular basis. This two-bedroom, three-bathroom luxury houseboat is fully air-conditioned and even has a Jacuzzi on board. All the crew are English-speaking, and there is a chef aboard to whip up amazing gourmet meals. What a wonderful way of seeing the rural area of Kerala!

From the staff of moneycompare.com.au


The Orchid Estate: An Eco-Friendly Dream House. via [Elite Choice]

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The Orchid: Eco-House Inks £7.2 mn Deal, Sets World Record

The Orchid

Money shines in the living room and surroundings of rich tribes. And why not when they have enough spare dough to burn! Take a peep into their lifestyle and the fact that how much cash they can afford to pay while thinking to ink deals for purchasing estates. Without pondering over so much, let’s consider the lately happened pricey deal of a Cotswold-based eco-house that got sold off for £7.2 million ($14.3 million). This ‘purely contemporary manor house’, modeled on a bee orchid established on the preserve got sold off last week to an unidentified buyer. The unknown buyer holding a profession in the entertainment business has plans to install a glass-sided badger set in the garden.

The Orchid

Word is around that Brad Pitt wanted to purchase this Orchid House, while Kylie Minogue has had a good stay there. With no details available about its eco-friendly appeal and enigma, one is hopeful that it may consume less electricity and should be dependent upon subversive pump and geothermal heating.

The Orchid

This elite estate is developed and designed by Sarah Featherstone.


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