Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Swarovski Gem Visions Catalog 2010

In the recently released Gem Visions Catalog, O2 Treehouse made the first page of the Pure Light booklet. The catalog forecasts future trends in the jewelry industry and will be distributed to many of the leading jewelry manufacturers and designers around the globe.

Accompanying text:


A woman of contemporary style, seeking clarity, peace and sensuality of nature, looking for the soul of a jewel rather than status symbolism.

Textures and Materials

Pure Light is dedicated to colorless, brilliant stones and highlights Diamonds, Cubic Zirconia, White Sapphire, and Passion Topas White. White light takes the place of color. Brilliance, luminosity, radiance, high refractive qualities. Clusters or collections of stones that scintillate and sparkle. Stones combined with soft velvety textures of gold or ceramics.


Dustin is nailing down the basics for the Redwood project, which includes finalizing the details for a prefab location in Oakland, where he can pre-build

While Dustin irons out the final details for the Redwood tree house project, he is working on a Venice bamboo structure, which will include two hanging platforms, a catwalk, bamboo sanctuary and rope ladders. He’s prefabricating the structure in the backyard of the Permacultre East house in Mar Vista which has a rich history of improving sustainability and reducing waste.

Treehouse Treehouse, Buckminster Fuller Institute Foto: O2 Treehouse Japanische Lampions inspirierten Dustin Feider von O2 Treehouse zu seinem Entwurf, der durch das Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) in New York realisiert wurde...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

O2T Featured on Alternative Building Web Site

Paulina Gobiecka from Poland is creating a new website devoted to alternative buildings and has included some of O2 Treehouses on her website. English coming soon.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Recent Designs

Frequency 2 geodesic with a stretched midsection. Intricate cut decorative exterior panels in either plywood or cedar boards. This is a 5' diameter structure with an upper and lower level.
Status: Potential build Santa Monica CA

Original render of the Frequency 2 Stealth Model treehouse 2006. Created in two way mirror reflective tempered glass panels. Below: Frequency 3 Stealth Model treehouse.
Proposed: Bel Air CA current

Friday, December 11, 2009

Venice Bamboo

O2 Treehouse in the following weeks will prefab and then install in the backyard of the HealeyBrown residence a bamboo tensegrity structure which will include two hanging platforms, cat walk, bamboo sanctuary, and rope ladders abound. O2 will be pre-fabing the structure in the backyard of what is referred to as the Permaculture East House in Mar Vista which has an eclectic history of its own, more on this to come.

Thank you We Heart for your fantastic post!


Should we be lucky enough to have a few acres and some whopping great trees outside our gaff then we genuinely couldn’t think of a more exciting prospect than bagging one of Dustin Feider’s awe-inspiring O2 Treehouses. Built from 100% sustainable materials and ensuring healthy, unrestricted tree growth, these modular structures, based upon a geodesic sphere, are the must-have for the rich and famous who just want to get away from it all….

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Robby Krieger and I on E Entertainment's "That Morning Show"

On E!'s "That Morning Show" Jennifer Ann Wilson gets the skinny on O2 Treehouses, the brainchild of designer/builder Dustin Feider and THEN hangs out in a treehouse with Robby K from The Doors!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

O2T Gives Talk

O2 Treehouse Gives talk at M&A on, off the grid treehouse communities in the Red Woods

About M&A

Materials & Applications (M&A) is a research and exhibition center dedicated to pushing new and underused ideas in art, architecture, and landscape into view. Our goal is to be a driving force to increase public participation in the built environment by inspiring interest in visitors with their surroundings - while they explore the latest ideas in architectural design and theory on an experiential level. We aim to push the application of materials beyond what typical limits of commercial, residential, and traditional gallery-based projects allow, toward a more flourishing, living architecture. 

About off the grid treehouse camps: 


Monday, December 7, 2009

Check out O2 Treehouse's latest publication in Spacecraft Fleeting Architecture and Hideouts

Spacecraft presents projects that meet the changing spatial needs of our modern lifestyles and that are simultaneously expanding our current understanding of architecture. On the one hand, the book features flexible, fleeting structures that only exist for a limited time. On the other hand, Spacecraft focuses on spaces that are used temporarily. Whether vacation homes, urban hideouts, art projects, pavilions or studios, all of the included work is distinguished by a playful, unconventional use of space.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bamboo Yoga Dome

Together with the Vibe Tribe of Los Angeles headed by Bobby Israel and O2 Treehouse we began construction and development of the bamboo yoga dome. This backyard marvel is situated snugly in the soon to be zened out backyard garden of this Venice community home. With the help of almost 15 volunteers who stopped in intermittently throughout the day to help create the bamboo split frame work the its nautilus like shape was brought to life within hours. There are still many tweaks that need to be done to it says Bobby including a illumine-scent canopy, a maple floor made of recycled gym floors, and possibly some led lighting around the floor edge.

Once it is complete a notice will be sent out to the neighborhood inviting them to take part in weekly yoga gatherings. Visionary community builder extraordinaire Bobby Isreal believes there should be more activities that bring neighbors together and create a strengthened sense of place within their community. Yoga gatherings is just the start.

On the Building
The frame was constructed using roughly 35 - 40' bamboo splits. The splits range in width between two and three inches wide and can withstand extreme dynamic bending nearly 3' in radius. The splits are woven together in a basket weave style which brings surprising strength once the structure is filled out enough. The process is quite entertaining as the team weaving the splits, usually consisting of about 6 people, must yell out a cadence that is kin to chants from a pro tug of war team. In this case your competition is intense friction from the rubbing of the bamboo splits. With credits to the Bamboo DNA team ours consisted of a sharp "yup yup" for go forward and "back back" for reverse. We will have video footage up soon if your curiosity has been captured. Keep an eye out for future posts on the Bamboo Yoga Dome as we move the project forward.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


A tipi (also te(e)pee) is a conical tenttraditionally made of animal skins or birch bark and popularised by Native Americans of the Great Plains. The tipi was durable, provided warmth and comfort in winter, was dry during heavy rains, and was cool in the heat of summer. Tipis could be disassembled and packed away quickly when a tribe decided to move and could be reconstructed quickly when the tribe settled in a new area.

The word "tipi" comes into English from the Lakota Language the word tʰípi consists of two elements: the verb tʰí, meaning "to dwell", and a pluralising enclitic (a suffix-like ending that marks the subject of the verb as plural), pi, and means "they dwell". Lakota verbs can be used as nouns and this is the case with tʰípi, which in practice just means "house".

Currently we are in our 7 week on the Brentwood Tipi build or what has now been coined the Treepi. Our first 4 weeks in construction took place in Santa Ana CA at our temporary pre fab location in a back lot rented from Graphical Dimensions. Now in our third week of on site installation the structure is nearly complete. Today we will be making the finishing touches on the entry ladder and trap door. The soon to be installed canopy will reach 25' into the upper branches of the tree and surround this two foot diameter Canadian Pine and extend over the walls of the 14' diameter platform.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Wired Magazine has published a full page on O2 Treehouse and our latest creation. The 20' diameter (1-4) deltoid reticulation. Consisting of 210 openings and 420 facets. Each opening is constructed from an individual tapered deltoid created of 1 x 6 red wood. The custom diamond and printed floor is created from cut-offs from the deltoid construction. Read more for a detail explanation of triumphs and tribulations of how it came to be!

I used 3/16" steel hubs with flanges welded together in the center. These had to be very very accurate to match the deltoid tapered constructions. We had a problem with the welding because after each weld was made when it cooled it pulled the flange out of position. We were able to correct this by creating a jig and putting the hub in a vice and custom bending each flange back into position using a template as a guide.

I created each deltoid as a separate unit ( a construction technique I will never attempt again. It gave me the all wood joint center that I so desired and created a beautiful reveal between each shape ( thickness of the hub flange ) but was quite a task. I wanted to farm out the the wood cutting to a cnc house but most shops gave me a stink bid because it was to complicated for them to want to wrap their heads around and to great a possibility for error. The only shop of which I found that had the proper equipment was a boat building company. Lucky for me I was constructing it in Huntington Beach CA. In the end it was me and one solid week of cutting on the finest digital chop saw I could find. I created 19 custom jigs. Each jig had a 1/2" pin on it which corresponded to the whole in the wooden plank. I cut both angles of the compound angle simultaneously. I batched each individual plank of course so I could do the whole structure's worth of that particular board. Even with the jigs and the digital gage it still took constant checking and a keen eye on the woods edge. A 1/6th off was unacceptable because as you know these errors compound.

I then hired a team of assemblers. We glued, air nailed, and screwed every joint at a prefab location. Then we packed everything up and shipped to site. The floor structure was created around the tree first which transfers the load of the sphere into the ground directly around the trunk. The floor structure has a center girdle that has telescopically rods that press against the tree with a soft wood foot. Once this was secure we stared assembly of the sphere around the floor structure by cabling into the hubs in about 30 places before we crested the edge of the floor. From this point on it was easier construction standing on the deck until we started coming in contact with tree limbs. I usually take the wait and see approach with limbs and have gotten lucky with this technique even throughout this build. No joint customization took place it all slipped, barely, through the structure. We fought gravity througout the entire process constantly fighting the structure together. Parts that needed to come together which looked impossible did eventually come round with some coaxing.

It was amazing when we put the last piece on, the pumpkin top. It dropped right in! To our glory and amazement all the bolts dropped in as well. It was an incredible amount of work don't get me wrong but sweet to see it all come together. The floor is constructed using all the scrap cut offs from the sphere creation which was a nice touch for the interior. We dropped as many cables as we could into the top supported via upper branches. Hopefully this will fight gravity enough to keep the joints from settling over time. The structure is treated and sealed with three coats of a five year warranty sealer.

I considered it a great honor to be asked to be featured on one of the most well respected Architectural blogs in Germany.

"We´d like to publish a short article about the Treehouse on the DETAIL website. As we´d like to illustrate the text for our readers it would be great if you can send us some pictures as an e-mail attachment."

Checki it out!


Weimar - 90 Years of Treehouses

I received an invitation for a treehouse exhibition in Wiemar Germany the other day. The exhibition will show images, films, and 3-d objects of the past 90 Years of Treehouses throughout the world. I am very excited to be part of a show over 4,000 miles from my present location. There will be several prints of O2 Treehouse's latest structures on display in the gallery until March 2010. If anyone would like to fly me out for the opening of the show I do not mind making room in the schedule.



Where to begin... I have a lot of catching up to do so I've decided to start where I left off and cover all of the past news worthy happenings in chronological order with a light peppering of text and imagery. Eat this content up folks its delicious!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

O2 Treehouse Needs Your Support

This August 2009 O2 Treehouse Eco-Tourism will be joining forces with SYRV, a non-profit organization dedicated to enabling travelers and contributors to support developing countries through education, social development, and local engagement.

Two groups of volunteers from SYRV will travel to the village of Jiquilillo & San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, from August 5-12, 2009 and August 19-26, 2009. One of the projects the volunteers will be partaking in, with the local communities involvement, is the development of the O2 treehouse to be built on the property of Montys Surf Camp in Jiquilillo. 100% of the proceeds from guests staying the treehouse will go to sustaining and developing SYRV’s on-going humanitarian efforts in Jiquilillo and the surrounding Chinandega area. This includes sustaining clean water projects, electricity in schools, school donations and more.

In order to build this project of giving and love, we need your help. All moneys donated to SYRV on behalf of O2 Treehouse will help make this happen. We can’t do it without your support.

SYRV has partnered with Project Lagoon (Proyecto Laguna) a US registered charitable foundation with 501(c)(3) status, therefore a your donations are tax deductible.

Thank You, Much Love and Peace!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

O2 Treehouse is going to Nicaragua!

This August 2009 O2 Treehouse Eco-Tourism will be joining forces with SYRV, a non-profit organization dedicated to enabling travelers and contributors to support developing countries through education, social development, and local engagement, to build a treehouse at Monty's Surf Camp in Nicaragua! There will be two groups of volunteers going down to the camp from August 5th-12th and August 19th-26th to assist on the building of a treehouse eco-lodge, where visitors to the surf camp can stay, the proceeds of which will go towards supporting the local village's core needs (like fresh water sources). For more details about the trip and the project and to make donations click here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

O2 Treehouse Launches Billboard Tents LLC

Billboard Tents Save Vinyl from Ever Reaching the Landfill

O2 Treehouse and Vertu Studio have joined efforts in the creation of Billboard Tents LLC. Like plastic bottles, vinyl from old billboards sits in our landfills indefinitely. Billboard Tents is not only a smart diversion for this material but a functional and abstract alternative to any pop up shelter.
  • Billboard Tents offers unique, customizable, durable, and affordable 19’ domes starting at $1250.
  • Great for events, backyard entertainment, storage, children’s clubhouse, personal retreat, and more.
  • Billboard Tents are currently available immediately for purchase and rent online.
  • Every customer has the option to handpick the artwork that will be included in their tents canopy.
  • On April 16th Billboard Tents staged a product release exhibiting the tent in the artist camping area at the Coachella Music Festival in Palm Springs California.
For additional information on Billboard Tents contact Dustin Feider at 612 636-6656.

The Blum House

The Blum House build began on February 1st 2009. Dustin's first meeting with the clients sparked inspiration from Antonio Scarpe, a designer whose work focuses on exploring how we experience space.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Lotus Build

The Lotus Build began in early October 2008. The client was interested in creating an outdoor play area for his children. The client’s children wanted a treehouse but the client, whom we will call “Bill”, wanted to gift this kids with a play area but was none too excited about having a ramshackle eyesore in his backyard. Being a very smart man, he did his research and promptly contacted O2Treehouse.

After a few meetings with Bill and his kids and an afternoon spent auditing the trees on Bill’s property, Dustin began the design process, which as usual, started with his sketchbook and ended with his MacBook. The final result: a scale computer render of the final structure.

Getting the computer model exact is always one of the biggest challenges that an engineer faces, as all of the dimensions and wood cuts during the actual build will be based upon this pre-plan, so even a 1/4” mistake on any of the pieces could result in a huge issue during the process. Because Bill’s treehouses were intended primarily to be a child’s play area, Dustin decided that low to the ground semi-enclosed tree platforms with a zipline cart would be the safest and most fun design for young imaginative children. The finished products were the beautiful wooden lotus-like structures shown below, with a “ship” that could sail back and forth between the hillside the larger of the two structures, perfect for capturing the imagination of little and big kids alike.

The greatest design challenge that Dustin ended up facing during this particular project ended up being in converting his original design, in which the vertical arms of the sides of the structure were to be made of steel beams, into a later design in which they were made of wooden 2 x 4’s (the early hope to use steel proved to be too costly for the project’s budget). In the end, it definitely worked out for the best, proven by the extremely pleasing aesthetic of the slatted wooden “petals” or multi-faceted sides of both structures.

During the construction phase, the structures were fully built on ground, before being labeled, deconstructed and rebuilt in the trees.

One hiccup in this process occurred as they were trying to fit the smaller structure into its tree.

The tree had several branches that collided exactly with the edge of the structure’s floor, an issue that Dustin knew would arise during the build, but also knew was a problem best solved in action, rather than during the planning phase. The issue was solved by cutting slightly into the edge of the pie-shaped floor and its supporting beam, the team being very careful not to alter the integrity and strength of the overall structure while doing so.

The project was thus finished on time in mid-November 2008, complete with zipline cart and rope swing to the delight of Bill and his children, who got promptly to play!

The rope swing in action!!

Notes: Word about the Lotus Build quickly spread through the hot L.A.“green scene” and Dustin was invited to be a guest on KTLA’s weekly green segment (KTLA is a local Los Angeles news network.) The KTLA crew came out to Bill’s property to film the structures and chat with Dustin about the Lotus Build, O2 Treehouse, sustainable design, and more! You can view the full interview here on KTLA's website.

The treehouse crew for the Lotus Build included Josh McKevitt, Carlos Luna-Perez, and Jamin Poulos. All crew members were integral parts of the building process, without whom this project could not have been successfully completed.

Many thanks to Josh, Carlos and Jamin!