Antony Gibbons is an architect whose designs are centered around nature and being a full part of their environment. He uses native woods in his projects that will age and blend effortlessly into the surrounding wooded areas.
The Nook is a Wigwam inspired structure that can be used as an alternative to the standard rustic cabin experience. There are two sized versions available, one with a single floor and one with two floors. The walls are angled planks to keep rain running off and the inner portion is sealed to keep out the elements. The roof is reinforced angled glass with an inner row that can be operated to keep out the cold and light as desired. The Nook even has recycled containers hidden underneath the structure that allow it to be built near water and float like a raft.
The Embryo is a cylindrical two story tree dwelling that utilizes the principles of bio mimicry. The design of the structure was to give the illusion that it is almost part of the tree trunk like a Burl as well a taking certain elements from a wasps nest.
The Embryo dwelling is clad with cedar shingles to blend in. It is attached to the tree with braces that do not interfere with the tree’s growth or cause the tree damage. It has hatch entries and stairs that spiral around and up the interior pod’s walls. Each Embryo is capable of sleeping eight people, has custom windows that are made to fit the area and it can be used without a tree, with a post for support instead.
The Embryo derives its name from the early stages of development in nature. The idea was to re address the way we live in today’s society and look at a more ecological and a simpler way of living than consuming our earths resources. We are more and more being disconnected from our natural surroundings and the embryo is part of a series of designs to try and reunite and reconnect us back to the elements.
Inhabit Tree House was inspired by geometric Forms. The tree house can be constructed in any environment whether it be in the Forest, Mountains or over rivers & Lakes. The entrance to the structure is from the underneath with a trap door that opens up into the center of the interior space. Able to sleep 4 people depending on the layout. The outer structure is finished in a cedar cladding that will age with time allowing Inhabit to blend in with the natural surroundings. The large open window to the sides and roof is designed to let as much natural light into the Interior when in densely forested areas as well as to enjoy the views.
Roost Tree House is designed to mimic the organic curvaceous forms found in nature. The aim was to create a tree house that could blend in and almost become part of the tree itself, becoming camouflaged in the surrounding forest.
The tree house consists of a series of pod like capsules that are harnessed to the trunk of each tree using a bracing technique that causes no harm or interference with the trees growth. Each capsule has a central spiral staircase leading up to an outdoor platform. This connects to the adjoining pod allowing access into the next structure a well as providing additional support to the overall structures. Only one of the pods has the spiral staircase running to ground level. The interior of each pod sleeps 2 people and the above exterior platform is designed to interact with the forest surroundings providing panoramic views of the trees canopy’s. All the materials used for the construction are from sustainable materials and do not damage the trees in any shape or form.
This Architect with these designs has made beautiful pictures but more importantly they address a better way of life where one can truly get back to living in a world where nature is the biggest inspiration.