Dom’Up takes camping in the trees to new heights


February 9, 2015



Dom'Up is an innovative treehouse that draws inspiration from tree camping and traditional...

Dom’Up is an innovative treehouse that draws inspiration from tree camping and traditional treehouse structure

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Dutch arboriculturist Bruno de Grunne and architect Nicolas d’Ursel from Trees and People have invented a new suspension style cabin called Dom’Up. This innovative treehouse draws inspiration from tree camping and traditional treehouse structures. The end result is a tree shelter that’s reported easy to install and leaves no trace or impact on its surrounding environment and trees.

Dom’Up features a lightweight 16 sq m (172 sq ft) octagonal platform which is suspended between two trees, utilizing Trees and People’s No Trace arboreal fixing system.

“The idea is to use the inner space of the forest, between the trees, rather than the inner space of a single tree which is full of branches and obstacles,” de Grunne tells Gizmag. “Using our hanging system, we can distribute the weight of the structure with greater support, while having a lower impact on the trees. In fact, a tree can adapt itself to the constant tension like it does naturally with constant wind and we can achieve zero impact on the landscape. It is much better for the trees to hang treehouses between trees with our No Trace hanging devices, rather than trying to build into one or more trees.”

Dutch arboriculturist Bruno de Grunne and architect Nicolas d'Ursel from Trees and People ...

The Dom’Up comes equipped with a UV-resistant double canvas tent shelter, protective roofing made from durable thermo-welded tarpaulin, a large terrace and an open interior space which can be used for a bedroom or living space. By simply moving the bed to the terrace users can enjoy a night under the stars or simply keep the bed inside, zip up the tent and enjoy a cosy night among the treetops.

The structure of the Dom’Up is made from galvanized steel, natural wooden flooring and external railing has been flat fitted around the shelter for additional security. The wooden floor boards can be removed during the winter or rainy periods and easily reinstalled in time for Spring. Access to the treehouse is either by an easy-to-use wooden ladder with hand rails or specifically designed stairs or a suspension bridge, depending on the landscape.

By moving the bed onto the terrace, users can enjoy a night under the stars

According to de Grunne Dom’Up takes as little as two days to be fully installed and can stay in the trees for years. “The body of the rig has been studied by the well-known engineering company Greisch, to be light, resistant and easy to build or remove, with no need of a crane,” says de Grunne. “The overall durability will depend on the weather conditions but the body of the structure can remain for decades and the tent materials for at least ten years.”

With that being said, the ropes and straps of the Dom’Up will need to be replaced every 5 years in accordance with European safety standards. Trees and People are also working on an updated insulated version of the Dom’Up which will feature a firewood heating system and it is hoped to be ready in time for next (Northern) winter.

Dom’Up shelters could make a great addition to the backyard and are suitable for treetop glamping, a treetop office, a treetop resort or even a unique restaurant.

Dom’Up is available for purchase worldwide and can be easily installed by a member of the Trees and People network or any arborist. The cost of the Dom’Up excluding installation is €25,000 (US$28,215).

Sources: Dom’Up

While this is really “Tents in the trees” as they make it sound it is more like a tree house. If you look at what is in these and the cost they are not just simple tents hung in the trees, they are complex yurts with a lot of nice features so you can really enjoy your time away.

So take a look this may fit your need for a great new tree house idea in a backyard or some great lake location or wherever.


About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

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