recycled architecture


San Francisco Treehouse. A treehouse build 7.6 meters up in an 125-year-old coast live oak. Recycled, reclaimed and vintage materials have been used in the making. The whole construction has been put up in the tree without using any bolts or nails; therefore, not damaging the tree. The treehouse is truly magical because of its rustic interior and small details reminding of childhood. Located in Burlingame, San Francisco Bay, CA.    


The New South Wales Northern Rivers region in Australia is home to a multitude of wonderfully designed owner-built homes, made and lived in by people who have chosen to live ‘outside the square’. Pics by Tim Hixson  


Dithyrambalina is a magical community installation and a village of musical, playable houses. That’s right. The structures themselves are recycled musical instruments, ready to express the joy, pain, or wonder of anyone who cares to take the time to play them.

Even before the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had been afflicted by huge numbers of run down properties and abandoned lots. These tragic symbols are the backdrop of city-wide dysfunction, but they are also the tableau in front of which New Orleans’ rich musical and visual heritage parades and performs. This project is an imaginative attempt to redress the futility of this blight by finding within it vast resources of salvageable materials. By turning our salvaged construction into a music box that is free, public, and playful we are inviting the wider community to imagine and participate in a new landscape of potential and possibility.


Linda Aldredge’s Treehouse. Linda is a graphic designer and the owner of an organic beauty products company. The treehouse was built in the summer of 2006 for approximately $12,000, the interior elements are mostly recycled. It runs on solar energy and has nice mosaic windows looking over a beautiful forest and a pond. Located in Catskill State Park, New York.