This incredible tree house design, featuring two floors and even an outdoor, second-story porch, seems way better than anything most of us ever played in as kids! French artist and designer Jean Paul Lespagnard and Maine-based artist Ethan Hayes-Chute collaborated on this unique concept, entitled Dig For Victory, as part of the 2010 Hyères fashion festival.
Hayes-Chute is quite well known for his many seemingly haphazard constructions, a variety of indoor installations in which he provides visitors with the opportunity to explore the interiors of an otherwise inaccessible space. Collaborating with avid recycler Lespargnard, this time Hayes-Chute ventured outdoors to create this 15x17x21 foot, lived-in design around the middle of a giant tree. The structure is built completely from wood, antiques, and other found objects, and the tree trunk and branches continue to grow, untouched, right out of the middle of the roof.
Hayes-Chute says, "I’ve gotten very interested in the idea of someone building their habitation the way they want it to be—not simply content with moving into a pre-designed space. I imagine people who have decided to start from scratch, using their own ideas of what a house or a home should be, and investigating what possible forms may come up as a result."
Ethan Hayes-Chute's website
Jean Paul Lespagnard's website