2.01.2006

I would like to have one of these



This would be really cool to be able to get away from rat races and cities. And having land in the forest like that would be nice too.
I wonder though, if this kind of thing will end up being like Xanadu?
I'm waiting until he makes the kind with bathrooms in them though.

Here's their website

23 comments:

Dilaram said...

We should get one of these honey. It would be a lot smaller place to clean.

Amber said...

I KNOW and no painting either!

Aaron said...

A 'treehouse' for 'grown-ups'? Could be fun i guess.

That thing doesn't even look big enough to lay down in. Why is it spherical?

heather said...

I'm afraid of unstable heights (ladders & rooftops), so I won't be buying one anytime soon. I'd rather just have a log cabin in the woods.

Amber said...

a-ron, read the website, it has all of your answers!

cassie d said...

that's a cross between ewoks and mork from ork.

looks pretty cool!!! When will you guys be building one?

Amber said...

uh, as soon as we get some land in the forest in British Columbia, I guess.
I think they actually mention the ewoks on the website.

S E E Quine said...

` AWESOME!!!

` I could use one 'o those in the mountains up here! A real great 'lab away from lab'!

Aaron said...

I still don't understand why it's spherical. Damn hippies.

Amber said...

I think it has a lot to do with how they attach it on the trees with ropes.
How are spheres a hippy thing anyway?
It's probably also more wind resistant than a square hanging in the air. Sorry it's not "SQUARE" enough for you.

Aaron said...

Sphere's are the best shapes for holding fluid material, not for solid material or people.

It doesn't say anything at all on the website about the shape.

It's extremely aerodynamic, but does not lend itself to people living inside.

Amber said...

whatever, you can go live in your stupid little kayak and i'll live in my sphere which at least i can lay down in instead of on top of.

Amber said...

From the website:

"The concept borrows heavily from sailboat construction and rigging practice. It’s a marriage of tree house and sailboat technology. The wooden spheres are built much like a cedar strip canoe or kayak. The suspension points on the spheres are similar to the chain plate attachments on a sailboat. The stairways are hung from the tree much like a sailboats shrouds hang from the mast."
so, can you answer why a sailboat my be built a certain way?

"Externally the spherical shape is well adapted to life in the forest. A hazard of life in the forest is trees and branches falling in a strong wind or ice storm. A sphere distributes any impact stress throughout the skin and resists puncture or cracking. Like a ping pong ball or a nut, it’s light with a tough skin. The sphere is also suspended from ropes which stretch and absorb some of the impact."

"It’s a great place to watch DVD’s. True surround sound."

three reasons....

S E E Quine said...

` I suddenly had a Fun Idea - get a big, hollow sphere like the kind they make for hamsters and roll it down the street, obstructing traffic!

S E E Quine said...

` ...while inside of it, of course!

` About to leave. Very weird day today. I'll have to write about it at the library.

Aaron said...

It would make much more sense to suspend a platform and build from that. It would lend itself much more easily to living in being that 100% of the floor space can be used. If I wanted to go off Niagra Falls in a vessle, it would most certainly be spherical, but living in one would be awkward to say the least.

A sphere is the most logical shape to make a space capsule too, but doesn't lend itself to living in, so nobody does it.

This seems like more of a marriage of too much money and too much LSD.

Amber said...

I don't think that this is meant to be lived in full-time, as I said. It's a tree house, basically. It's a place to go to relax, camp out, write, meditate, eat cheerios, whatever. I think you've read too much into it.

cassie d said...

i agree.
A-ron, why are you so against a spherical tree house?
Too much money, and LSD are sometimes GOOD things!
As Amber said, it's a place to relax, take a load off, and be whimsical!
Sometimes it's good to get away from the norm, and lend yourself to absurd notions and devices! it keeps you young, not to mention SANE!!!!
why do you think so many rich people have 'weekend getaway houses'? Basically to do the same thing, but just in a different style!!!
I actually think you are frightened by the shpere, cause you know it would be a PERFECT place for the next Man Camp. Maybe no kayaking, but a weekend around a campfire - with a circle of naked dudes trying to find their inner warrior sounds right up the alley of a spherical tree house.
Face it. The aerodynamics INTRIGUE you. You are NOT afraid of it's uniqueness.
THAT is your new MANTRA!!!!

Amber said...

A-men, Cassie, thank you. geeze, some people just read too many republican papers and then they can't seem to get perspective on the world outside conservative thinking.

Aaron said...

I'm not nearly hippiefied enough to own one of those magical tree spheres.

It might be fun to ride them down a river though.

If it's on the ground, can you walk in it and roll it down the road?

Laura said...

I've always wanted one of those big circle things that hampsters run in for exercise... I think you're on to something Quine. I think it's kinda cool but can't really figure out a good use for it unless it's a quiet place to get away and read in..?

Amber said...

duh, did any of you read the post, or the website? It's about getting away from the daily grind.
god!

Josh said...

that thing is sweet!