Pacific Environments Architects
Commercial Engineering Excellence, Interior Fit Out, Cladding building envelope
WINNER: Outdoor Infrastructure
The architectural inspiration largely came from the ‘enchantment’ of the site, – an open fairytale-like meadow with meandering stream on the edge of a Redwood forest, from researching and understanding the nature of the Redwood it’s environment, and the construction concerns about building sustainably. Needless to say an arborist constantly advised on the best ways of looking after the tree’s wellbeing.
The treehouse concept is reminiscent of childhood dreams, playtime and utopian stories of whimsical imagination. The conceptual form morphs into a lantern and beacon at night casting a magical glow onto the forest floor, yet during daytime is a natural and semi-camouflaged growth created by the use of natural timber. It’s the treehouse we all dreamed of as children but could only realise as an adult fantasy. The resulting 13m high chrysalis inspired ‘pod-form’ wraps itself around the tree trunk, capable of supporting 30 diners and staff with a bar for drinks.
Overall the scale and form of the tree-house creates a memorable statement without dominating its setting. The verticality of the fins mimics the verticality of the Redwoods and enable the building to naturally ‘blend’ into it’s setting, as though it were a natural growth. Sustainability is achieved through natural and local materials, little reliance on outside energy sources, natural ventilation and lighting, and a minimal footprint