The world’s first crane 'treehouse' is a genius way to escape city life
No longer do we need trees to build treehouses.
The world’s first treehouse crane opened on Tuesday in Bristol, England.
The unusual lodging, called Crane 29, is a pop-up experience by Canopy & Stars, a European travel agency that specializes in unique, nature-based accommodations. Through the end of September, the treehouse will hang 26 feet above Bristol’s harborside.
The experience takes glamping to new heights. Guests sleep in a large double bed and there’s even electricity and a shower (made out of a watering can) in the treehouse. There’s an indoor hammock, tons of potted plants (over 500), and even decor from Anthropologie. When guests wake up the following morning, they are treated to breakfast before they head back to the ground.
Crane29 was built with help from British hardware store B&Q to be entirely sustainable and carbon neutral. When the treehouse is taken down in September, its parts will be recycled and given new life.
"We hope people enjoy their stays in this amazing building and wake up to the great outdoors feeling they are truly part of this pocket of nature in the city – a real natural high,” Tom Dixon, managing director of Canopy & Stars, said in a statement.
The treehouse is only open for 100 days and demand is much higher than supply. In order to win a night on the crane, it’s first necessary to enter a lottery (open until July 3). Winners of the lottery will then be able to choose one night to sleep in Crane 29. Prices for the night are $238 (£185) for weeknights and $322 (£250) for weekends.
At the end of the installation, all proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Earth, an environmental organization based in the U.K.