You’d think a prerequisite to building a tree house would be having trees. But for the innovative designers of the 21st century, no challenge is to too big and a team of designers actually came up with a tree-less tree house in 2010. Dubbed Tentsile, the tree house apparently can be set up almost anywhere even if the particular location has no trees to hang it from whatsoever. For the average user, the Tentsile would appear to be more of an airborne tent or even a covered hammock but its creators insist that it is in fact a portable tree house. Designed to be set up in just half an hour, the portable tree house is made out of waterproof polyester which makes it ideal for use in almost all climates.
Shaped like a three-legged starfish, the inverted pyramid shape of the Tentsile portable tree house can be hung from its self-supportive base or even anchored from trees depending on the user’s location. The tent/hammock thus stays suspended in mid air with no contact from the ground other than the anchoring base. This allows it to be used over wet ground, beach or snow.
Tentsile Portable Tree house is offered in 2-person, 5-person and 8-person models which make it the ideal way to travel in a group and provides the same comfort of cohabitation as a tent with the same level of functionality as a tree house or a hammock. According to its designers, the Tentsile would be ideal for use by the military, campers, wildlife documentarians and photographers, extreme sportsmen, biological researchers and scientific teams. Weighing between 11-18 lbs, the two-person Tentsile model retails for $3,000 and the 8-person models costs just over $12,000.