With a tip of the hat to Lebbeus


I scratched this out in about 10 minutes yesterday morning before work. My son has been asking me if we could build a treehouse. Of course that sounds like a fantastic idea to me.

The first challenge is the tree. The backyard is wooded and we have several trees to choose from but none are really stout enough to support a really significant structure. My thought was to hug the tree with a lightweight construction that would be part chrysalis and part belly dancer. It’ll wrap and hug the tree close and be articulated to shimmy as the wind blows and the tree flexes.

P.S. – Sorry for phoning this one in. Look for more on it later. I’m taking my son to a chess tournament on Saturday. If this sounds like watching paint dry you’re right – even for a proud papa. I’ll take my sketchbook.



  1. Scott J Bechtel

    Lebbeus was my father-in-law… that’s vey nice of you to mention him in your article… and yes I think your drawing looks similar to his style of design… 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    Oh Scott! My reply must not have posted yesterday. Thank you for you comment. I was a student when his work was being published and discussed. I have very fond memories of the Many hours I spent poring over the drawings.

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