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No longer reserved to being the ramshackle concoction of a childhood adventure; architect Alex Shirley Smith has been transforming the traditional vision of treehouses to radical new heights.

Alex Shirley Smith knew he wanted build treehouses ever since he was 6 years old. So much so, he went on to study architecture at London Metropolitan University in order to be taken seriously within the industry as a treehouse architect. Having practiced the skill for 10 years with another leader in the field, he began offering treehouses as an option alongside the conventional services of architectural company, Greendream.

Since then, not only have his intriguing designs captured imaginations but also fully immortalize Alex’s aim to develop solutions for healthier, greener lifestyles and reducing the impact from the built environment. What’s more, he is currently striving to aid humanitarian disaster relief efforts with his most recent endeavor, Tenstile.  Taking inspiration from a spider’s web with its three-point anchor system, the portable suspended design is also perfect for exploration.

Over all, Alex’s portfolio boasts spectacular concepts as a project for The Children’s Trust, which he cites as his favourite creation to date. This huge tree house pushes the boundaries of the usual construction of this kind by incorporating an innovative rigging system normally used within stadium concerts. In fact, the suspended ramp of the tree house is 80m long and the very first of its kind.

While the functionality of this particular structure is as a place of relaxation and play, Alex does express a desire for Greendream Architecture to continue in the vein of designing and building treehouses ultimately as homes. It is his intention for them to encompass all the comforts of 21st century home as gas, running water and electricity. Naturally- in keeping with his overall philosophy- the treehouses include renewable energy source systems as wind, solar power and ground source heat pumps, altogether showcasing the ease of living a low-carbon lifestyle in the most unusual- yet utterly fantastic- of environments. After all, who wouldn’t want to live in tree?

www.alexshirleysmith.com
Words by Aideen Shannon

Shot by:

Logan MacDougall Pope
wwww.loganphotography.co.uk
Photographers Assistant Sheila Udeagu

You can read the full interview in 1883 A Dark Romance Issue
in stores now and to purchase online here.


No longer reserved to being the ramshackle concoction of a childhood adventure; architect Alex Shirley Smith has been transforming the traditional vision of treehouses to radical new heights.

Alex Shirley Smith knew he wanted build treehouses ever since he was 6 years old. So much so, he went on to study architecture at London Metropolitan University in order to be taken seriously within the industry as a treehouse architect. Having practiced the skill for 10 years with another leader in the field, he began offering treehouses as an option alongside the conventional services of architectural company, Greendream.

Since then, not only have his intriguing designs captured imaginations but also fully immortalize Alex’s aim to develop solutions for healthier, greener lifestyles and reducing the impact from the built environment. What’s more, he is currently striving to aid humanitarian disaster relief efforts with his most recent endeavor, Tenstile.  Taking inspiration from a spider’s web with its three-point anchor system, the portable suspended design is also perfect for exploration.

Over all, Alex’s portfolio boasts spectacular concepts as a project for The Children’s Trust, which he cites as his favourite creation to date. This huge tree house pushes the boundaries of the usual construction of this kind by incorporating an innovative rigging system normally used within stadium concerts. In fact, the suspended ramp of the tree house is 80m long and the very first of its kind.

While the functionality of this particular structure is as a place of relaxation and play, Alex does express a desire for Greendream Architecture to continue in the vein of designing and building treehouses ultimately as homes. It is his intention for them to encompass all the comforts of 21st century home as gas, running water and electricity. Naturally- in keeping with his overall philosophy- the treehouses include renewable energy source systems as wind, solar power and ground source heat pumps, altogether showcasing the ease of living a low-carbon lifestyle in the most unusual- yet utterly fantastic- of environments. After all, who wouldn’t want to live in tree?

www.alexshirleysmith.com
Words by Aideen Shannon

Shot by:

Logan MacDougall Pope
wwww.loganphotography.co.uk
Photographers Assistant Sheila Udeagu

You can read the full interview in 1883 A Dark Romance Issue
in stores now and to purchase online here.

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