"Treehouse" Conceptual Design
transformed into the "treehouse",
attempts to reinforce the nature of the wood as a place of refuge and to
provide a place of prospect within it.
intention is to achieve a balanced composition of vertical and horizontal
elements which have responded to their setting: to strengthen its
verticality; to contrast with and thus enliven the expansive woodland; and
to enhance the natural drama of the site by its bridge which thus locates
the house. The form as a whole is easily readable from a distance: interest
is sustained upon drawing closer by modeling and articulation.
symbolic of both the traditional and the modern house and in turn,
celebrates both associated technologies. The transformation
of telegraph poles into "pilotis" or
columns give a new and particular relationship which is mindful of
its location and the more recent past. The small size of the building and
the attached elements is intended to invite the perceiver into its
"territory". The resulting interplay of solid and void between
form, woodland and sky is enhanced within the interior, where small spaces
transform into double height galleries.
chosen as the cladding material for its current rural associations and its
weathering properties, turning dark grey/purple as it ages.
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