All children dream of having a small tree house to hide away from adults and immerse themselves in the universe of their own imagination while experiencing the thrill of staying in close contact with nature and contemplating the infinity of the starry night sky. Some people have turned this childhood dream into their adulthood reality.
In the north-east of Piedmont (the location remains secret to preserve the privacy of the inhabitants) there is a small tree house village. It all started back in 2002 and since then, the first arboreal village in Italy has been constantly expanding. The houses, which are 20 ft above ground level, are built with the most innovative green building techniques using wood or recycled materials and are fully integrated in the natural surroundings. They are connected by bridges, stairs and wooden walkways that allow dwellers to move around the village without having to set foot on the ground. Nonetheless, they are equipped with all the comforts that modern life has got us used to – internet connection, TV, etc. – but in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
The inhabitants of the village are ordinary people – managers, nurses, employees, entrepreneurs, etc. – who have chosen to continue working in town but, who also decide to seek the comfort of Mother Nature’s welcoming arms outside of working hours.
The community spirit is also an integral part of the village life. Each new resident builds her/his nest with the help of the more experienced ones and the sound of a conch horn announces the meals, which are consumed together by all the members of the community.
Ilona Catani Scarlett