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Tree Houses, the new summer cottage?

Out There

As Earth Week approaches, check out these super-secret clubhouses perched “up there.”

Wes Anderson knows it, and Roderick Romero does it. Tree houses or forts, if you prefer, are sort of awesome, and can be used for adult-only respites, makeshift nooks, and garrets for writing, yoga-ing, and painting. Romero’s works are included in the following photo essay, including one he constructed for Val Kilmer (pictured), on the grounds of his Pecos, New Mexico ranch. Romero, whose hair is longer than Rapunzel’s, lives in the East Village (with chickens), but his non-hobby has sent him all over the land, having been commissioned to make tree houses for the likes of Donna Karan, Sting, and Julianne Moore.

Check out the king of tree houses’ other works at:

“Moonlight Kingdom,” Anderson’s next picture, hits theaters May 25th, and stars a couple of love-struck kids lost in the woods with man-child parental figures including Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, and Tilda Swinton (I’d join THAT clubhouse!). Also out in May is Taschen’s “Branching Out: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air,” by Philip Jodidio.

Take a look at the amazing trailer for the film, as well as some tree houses we love, owned by modern-day Swiss Family Robinsons everywhere:

View the Moonrise Kingdom Trailer