Saturday, October 10, 2009

Free Spirit Spheres

Can you imagine a community of 20 or more of these hanging in a nearby forest? They sell complete for $125,000 to $150,000 or a shell for $39,000 to $45,000.

For the truly eclectic among us.

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What do Ewoks and Julie “Butterfly” Hill have in common?
They have discovered the ethereal magic of living up in a tree

Tom Chudleigh of Vancouver Island, Canada has discovered the same magic with his Free Spirit Spheres, handcrafted tree houses that bob among the trees like giant apples.

Chudleigh calls his design a bio-mimicry.
Each sphere attaches to a web of rope. The web connects to whichever strong points are available. This replaces the foundation of a conventional building.
A tree house sphere uses the forest for its foundation, so the occupants of a sphere then have a vested interest in the health of the trees. Each sphere has four attachments on top and another four anchor points on the boom. Each attachment is strong enough to carry the entire sphere and contents.
A suspended sphere is tethered by 3 nearly vertical ropes to each of 3 separate trees. This distributes the load evenly over the 3 trees and results in a stable hang.
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