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Written by Sarah Molano, CNN

Elevated high above the ground, tree houses are familiar symbols of childhood magic and adventure.

Architect Peter Eising remembers how they captured his imagination as a child. He would scavenge for broken branches, twine and abandoned construction materials to build his own makeshift structures up in the trees.

Today, Eising is managing director of Architects Pacific Environments, a design firm focused on sustainable architecture and interiors. And in 2008, he got the chance to live out his childhood dreams when musician Tracey Collins enlisted him to design¬†The Yellow Treehouse¬†— a chrysalis-inspired restaurant built halfway up a redwood tree north of Auckland — as part of a marketing campaign for New Zealand’s Yellow Pages.

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