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If you thought the Burning Man Festival was just a gathering, guess again: it is an entire city of 25,000 people that emerges each year on top of the flat surface of the Black Rock Desert in rural Nevada. Its architectural projects – like this marvelous metal tree house – are perhaps the most compelling part of the experience.

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The structure was built by Sean Orlando and a crew of friends and volunteers, constructed of “recycled wood, clockwork components and steel” and its aesthetic was “styled after the Victorian age of architecture, H.G. Wells, and Jules Verne.”

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By leaving the metal framework uncovered in the upper branches of the fake tree structure, visitors are able to get a glimpse of how it was put together – of course, this choice also reinforces the unique Steampunk look of this temporary lofted desert home.