Competition :: Tree Houses in Paradise 2011

Design a Tree House for a Tropical Island Resort
National Geographic Channel

The competition is simple: To design the perfect structure in the perfect place where everything you need is accessible. A challenge to reveal a remarkable ability to form images and ideas of things never directly experienced in day-to-day life. Here also is a celebration of the creative process. Very few of the typical restrictions will hamper the schemes and dreams of the architects, artists and designers, allowing for an unusual level of freedom: the structure has to be stabilized in coconut palm trees well above ground, few if any walls are required. no heat or cooling mechanisms are necessary, and there are no building codes to adhere to. These high tech low cost tree house structures will allow the world a glimpse into an architectural future that is deeply respectful of the environment, a current trend that will one day truly become the standard in building design.

The competition sites are near the beaches of Fiji, Vietnam,China and Maui, where there are no existing trees. the majority of the tree houses will be in coconut palm trees that will be brought to the site and planted as per the design. The tree size is the designers choice, they can vary from ten feet to forty-five feet in height.

Registration Deadline: 
08/29/2011 at Online Registration
Submission Deadline: 
Open To All  Entry Fee: 
US $70
First place $5000 Second place $4000 and third place $3000
Ming Fung, Elyse Grimstein, Deborah Sussman, Pamela Burton, Stephen F.Jones, Billy AJ Bengston, Ken Price, James Ganzer, Sally Ganzer, Michael Garnier, David Greenberg, Master Chang and Kirsten Kiser

For more information on the project requirements visit the Competition Web Site