We met Antony Gibbon on a beach in South Goa and clicked straight away. He makes his own chunky copper jewellery, wears a sarong with pride and always has a smile on his face – what’s not to love?
After hanging out with him for a while we discovered that he also designs tree houses. A Gibbon that makes homes in the trees – what gets more authentic than that? I stopped laughing and my jaw hit the beach when I saw his designs.
I’ve seen a few tree houses – I even tried to make one when I was little – but nothing quite like the structures in Antony’s sandy sketch book. A spiral staircase climbs up round the trunk of the tree and opens up into a pod-like structure to provide a main living area, with the covered stairs continuing inside. The accessible ‘roof’ is a flat and open deck below the canopy, onto which additional landing platforms can be added – each descending into its own separate pod.
Sustainable materials are used wherever possible and the designs are inspired by nature and geometry. Biomimicry played a key role in Antony’s Roost design, and the structure is disguised to further unite it with the surrounding woods.
The Roost (pictured) and the Embryo are both stunning and well worth a look (as is Antony, according to most of the girls on the beach), though bespoke, one-off tree houses can also be commissioned through his website.
This tree house was 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, camouflaged by the surrounding forest. The tree house consists of a series of capsules that are harnessed to the trunk of each tree, using a bracing technique that causes no harm or interference with the tree’s 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 as well as providing additional support to the overall home. Only one of the pods has the spiral staircase running to ground level.
The interior of each pod sleeps two people and the above exterior platform is designed to interact with the forest surroundings, providing panoramic views of the tree’s canopy. All the materials used for the construction are from sustainable materials and do not damage the trees in any shape or form.