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Treehouse Escape: Yoki Treehouse in Texas

Built between the branches of two cypress trees on an eco-resort, Yoki Treehouse is a luxurious off-the-grid retreat inspired by water and rain.

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Built between the branches of two cypress trees on an eco-resort, Yoki Treehouse is a luxurious off-the-grid retreat inspired by water and rain | House and Leisure

Situated just an hour outside the bustling metropolis of Austin, Texas, stands ArtisTree, an enchanting treehouse eco-resort dedicated to sustainable tourism. It's headed up by US architect Will Beilharz, who prides himself on creating beautiful treehouses that allow their inhabitants to intimately experience and appreciate nature's resources. There are five luxury treehouses in total on the resort, each with its own distinct character and charm.

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Built between the branches of two cypress trees on an eco-resort, Yoki Treehouse is a luxurious off-the-grid retreat inspired by water and rain | House and LeisureBuilt between the branches of two cypress trees on an eco-resort, Yoki Treehouse is a luxurious off-the-grid retreat inspired by water and rain | House and Leisure

The newest addition to the ArtisTree offering is the Yoki Treehouse, a two-piece structure built between the branches of two magnificent cypress trees. Named after the Hopi Native American word for rain, Yoki's minimalist design is largely informed by water and the babbling spring-fed creek that runs 7.5m below it. As such, its off-the-grid technology relies on a rainwater capture system, as well as solar panels to harvest energy. The sustainability efforts extend to the treehouse's construction using reclaimed materials such as elm, cypress and spruce, which make up its two structures.

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The first is a ground-level bathhouse located on the edge of a ravine 18m away from the main treehouse. Boasting concrete and pine finishes as well as a tub positioned right up against the window, it's the ideal place for guests to relax and take in the spectacular view of the woodlands. A suspension bridge links this luxurious space to the Yoki treehouse, which is accessed via the roof-cum-observation deck. From here, a spiral staircase leads to a second balcony area and into the 46m2 interior, where a living area, kitchen and bedroom are located.

While some may expect rustic furnishings, the reality is anything but. Birch plywood cladding provides a warm and welcoming backdrop for an array of furniture, while large windows invite the outside into this special escape.

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