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Brief Published: 26 Mar 2012

Tentsile: A Flexible Treehouse


British architect and designer Alex Shirley-Smith has reimagined the children’s playtime classic the treehouse in his new design Tensile – a hammock-like tent that can be erected anywhere, so long as there are trees to support it.

Suspended above the ground, Tentsile overcomes problems commonly associated with conventional camping, such as inhospitable ground conditions and predatory creepy crawlies.

In fact, according to the designer, there’s little it couldn’t be used for. As a multipurpose outdoor shelter, it can also be used at large events, for field research or military operations. Its collapsibility also means it avoids planning restrictions.