Tentsile tree tents: floating treehouses mimic spider webs

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Published on February 21, 2016

Treehouse architect Alex Shirley-Smith wanted to create a portable treehouse, a kind of ready-made, floating shelter that could be assembled in any backyard, wood or even city streets.

In 2010 Shirley-Smith released several tree tent prototypes inspired by spiders’ webs. ”

A spider always uses three anchoring points and the web finds its own position in space that’s a circle in between any of those 3 points. So as long as you’ve got 3 anchoring points this tent will find its own central position to create its own shape inside that triangle.

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The whole thing is sort of taken from spider’s web technology or you know, what exists in nature. Biomicmicry.”

After refining 11 prototypes, Shirley-Smith and partner Kirk Kirchev finally released a production model tree tent- the Tentsile Stingray.

Using just 3 tree straps, 2 poles and one fly sheet, the Stingray will shelter up to 4 people in mid-air. It takes about 10 minutes to set-up and a few minutes to take down.

And best of all, it is one size fits all.

The tent can be used as a camping alternative- to keep you comfortably suspended above any animals, bugs or uncomfortable rocks-, but the design could also prove the basis for a new type of eco-village.

Kirchev dreams of one day creating a community of (much larger) tensile structures where portable villages could be mounted and disassembled in a day, leaving little impact on the forest floor.

Tentsile: http://www.tentsile.com/

Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/tentsile-tree-tents-floating-treehouses-mimic-spider-webs/

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