Press Release September 28, 2001                                                                            


Contact: David Greenberg

       HANA, Hawaii, September 28--The creations of over 500 architects from forty-six countries were funnelled into a small group of winning designs with the completion THIS MONTH of the 2001 International Treehouse Design Competition.  Four winning designs for ecologically sensitive treehouses for tropical resorts in four sites in the Pacific Rim were announced this week on important architectural sites including (original competition host) and .

        The four designs along with other finalists will be assigned to sites including Hainan, Island China; Hue Province, Vietnam; Naviti Island, Fiji; and the island of Maui in Hawaii, were submitted along with hundreds of others in January of this year. 

The program called for real tree houses that could be built in real trees that would be part of a project by  Treehouses of Hawaii Inc., a Maui based firm involved in treehouse eco-resorts in China and Hawaii, which was under contract to build about 100 of the structures in those tropical locations.  

The guidelines included meeting Typhoon safety stardards,  being ecological sensitive in their design and being a lot of fun.  The contract in Vietnam (see N.Y. Times Nov. 23,2000) was facilitated by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi during President Clintons trip there.  The contact in China was facilitated by Governor Cayetano's Department of Business Economic Develpment and Tourism Dept. of Hawaii as well as the Chinese Foreign Affairs Dept of Hainan Island (more recently famous for facilitating the return of the U.S. Naval Plane and its crew). 

On February 9 in Santa Monica, California at a large space in Frank Gehry's Edgemar Center  a Jury of 11 architects, designers and artists including Ming Fung, the architect for the National Endowment for the Arts, artists Ken Price and Billy Al Bengston as well as Designer Deborah Sussman, architect Elise Grinstein was the forman.   After six hours of looking at the projects filling the walls and more hours of deliberation and group descussion, 100 projects were commended and 11 picked as finalists. These  can be seen at the site .  Over the last several months the overall winners were actually voted on by the architects of the 100 commended projects.  This has been a real international competition dealing with a subject matter which is both universal and ecological.  The level of creativity and imagination from so many corners of the world is inspiring.  Designs not for the normal tourists but more for the "neo-jet-age-nomad" types.  The top four winning projects are:

2003 Germany, Kendel Architecten, Prof. Hermann Kendel, Jan Hugo Kendel and Phillip Kendel (email contact: ) 

2224 Switzerland, Mirielle Turin, Peter Sigrist ( ) 

2450 U.S.A./Ireland, Marc Ackerson, Osin Clancy ( )

2118 Germany, Jens Kolb, Marianne Bar, Peter Dorr (

Honorable Mentions  7038 Sweden, Caroline Fleming, Frederick Ekman, Carolline Trolle, Vendela Thelander ( )    2210 Canada/U.S.A. Robert Garneau (

For more information and high quality pictures for reproduction in publications please contact those architects listed above for more information concerning the competition please contact David Greenberg President of Treehouses of Hawaii (the sponsor of the competition and Kirsten Kiser of the original host)  In November an international traveling exhibit of the top 100 projects will be announced.  This traveling exhibition will start in Germany. Big cash prizes were not  mentioned in this competition.  Most of the 100 commended were given a free month in a treehouse with the top few winners receiving airline tickets and some small cash prizes.  Many of the projects however will hopefully be built and the designers will share in the commissions.   Major design magazines and books will be reproducing images of the designs in the near future.  End item Contact: David greenberg   Phone: 808 248-7241  Email:

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April 1, 2002 Update

Exactly one year after a U.S. Naval Plane downed a Chinese fighter jet, David Greenberg and Tree Houses of Hawaii. Inc signed a contract to create a master plan for an eco-tourist resort comprised of 18 tree houses / pole houses. This concept will be located on a small island one kilometer long as part of the largest tourist development project in the world (42 square kilometers) at Boao Aquapolis. Two competition winners have already been chosen: Mark Ayers of Hawaii, USA and Marcus Bach of Berlin, Germany. Other finalists and winning designs will be integrated into the project including Mark Ackerson and Osin Clancy of Fieldlines of New York City and Ireland.