These Incredible Raindrop Shaped Tree Tents Let You Sleep In The Trees


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Raindrop Shaped Tree Tents Let You Sleep In The Trees

Who doesn’t love to spend some quality relaxing time camping or sleeping in a tree house? Thanks to this unique product, camping hight up in the trees is taken to a whole new level. The TreeTent shaped like a raindrop, designed and created by Dutch sculptor, canvas-architect and designer, Dré Wapenaar, lets you sleep up in the trees and enjoy the wind and nature swaying around with the trees in the wind.

Even though the dew drop shaped tree tent is not available for purchase, at the Hertshoorn camping site near Garderen in the east Netherlands it’s available for rent 5 months of the year, and has become an attraction over time. The TreeTent’s story goes way back in 1998 when Wapenaar desined this unique tent. It was inspired by a group of activists from Road Alert Group from England that chained themselves to trees in the hope they won’t be cut down, so Wapenaar designed the tents for the activist to use them, though this never happened.

Tree Tents

“My inspiration for the shape was not the dewdrop. Form followed function.”

Hertshoorn camping site near Garderen in the east Netherlands

As you become one with the tree, The TreeTent lets you camp closer to nature than any other tent. And the higher the tent is installed, the more you’ll be swaying around as the wind moves the tree. At night you probably want it to be set on a lower level to the ground.

Hertshoorn camping site near Garderen in the east Netherlands

This unique raindrop tree tent can acomodate two adults along with two children on the 9 feet in diameter main floor. Also, there’s a second level, from where kids can peek out the window To get in and out of the tent you’ll use the ladder place at the bottom of the tree, and you”ll have to make sure that nothing happens with to the ladder, because you can get stuck up there.

An inside view of the raindrop tree tent:

unique raindrop tree tent

Even though I designed the tents for use by the ROAD ALERT GROUP the project never happened. Before I finished it, a representative from a campsite saw the drawings of the TREETENTS and convinced me to sell them this project. It was a huge success; and is still in use today.

Dré Wapenaar in his speech at the International Design Conference,
Aspen Colorado, june 2001
unique raindrop tree tent

He designed a tent in the form of a water drop, to be suspended high above the ground between two giant trees. There, individuals could comfortably hold out against the superior forces ranged against them for some time. What a fine picture it would make: tents hanging among the leaves and branches like green tears, a sign of mourning.

Dré Wapenaar in his speech at the International Design Conference,
Aspen Colorado, june 2001

The idea was for demonstrators to nestle close to the treetop, swaying in the wind, out of reach for the arm of the law. The hanging tents still embody this desire to escape gravity. As holiday accommodation they are certainly an alternative to flat-dwellers and long traffic queues.

Dré Wapenaar in his speech at the International Design Conference,
Aspen Colorado, june 2001
unique raindrop tree tent

Original plans for the second version of the dew drop tree tent back in 2005.

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