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Lofty shelterporn: 'New Treehouses of the World'

April 22, 2009 | 11:15 am

Treehouse
To flip through Pete Nelson's gorgeous "New Treehouses of the World" is to get drawn into his utopian vision, that "treehouses could be used for the greater good." How exactly, is a little murky -- basically, hanging out in a treehouse will get you closer to nature, maybe see it from a new perspective -- but the constructions themselves are transcendentally convincing.

Nelson, who is a fine photographer, is also the founder of the TreeHouse Workshopin Seattle. In an early chapter, he shows how his treehouses are constructed. Then he travels the U.S. and the world -- Thailand, Brazil, India -- to find some amazing structures that most of us will never be able to visit, let alone replicate. The photos inspire lust and awe: see our gallery.

Few city-dwellers like me have the kind of property that might accommodate one of these brilliantly-imagined treehouses. But we can dream (and we do have bookshelves).

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Pete Nelson / "New Treehouses of the World"

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