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Amazing tree house of the future

Tree house (picture from Sybarite)
Tree houses, although pretty cool, are basically sheds on a branch - but not any more, as two top designers have come up with a luxury tree-top pad.

Torquil McIntosh and Simon Mitchell have designed an environmentally-friendly modern house that sits on stilts above the trees.

The stilts don't need big foundations, so less land is dug up, meaning wildlife can go on undisturbed.

But you'll have to save up for one of the houses - they'll cost around 1m!

The bizarre stilts aren't the only green feature on the designs by architecture firm Sybarite.

They also include kinetic baffles, which are like leaves that move back and forth in the wind, generating electricity like mini wind turbines.

On top of that, the houses catch rain water for use in their toilets and showers, and can be fitted with solar panels.

Because the houses are built in factories, once the stilts are up, they only take four weeks to put together.

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