INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION
The Tree House
Architecture and design competition
For many, The Tree House has been one of the first self-managed constructions. In this contest we are going to explore the relationship between the house and the tree , and how these two elements can generate a dialogue.
We rescued that first natural impulse to build a tree house to have the possibility of revisiting it with more tools. With a new awareness of the changes that society needs to manage.
There is a personality test called "the house, the tree and the person" where representation techniques are studied in relation to the person (HTP test in English), although it is very interesting, what we are looking for in this contest is that the relationships between these elements are explored and innovated.
1st Prize Winner
The circumstance of the pandemic has made us particularly concerned with the search for a contact with the natural world outside the windows of our homes and with the importance of exploiting small spaces which, if well organized, can accompany everyday life with success. This international competition has allowed us to give a form to a temporary accommodation that re-establishes precisely the contact with nature, with the scent of resin, the calls of birds and the green colors of the forest floor, while ensuring protection and comfort.
The common thread that guided the approach to the project was the emotional value and the childlike appeal of the tree house theme. We have, therefore, recreated a childlike atmosphere, full of the sense of exploration and wonder typical of those years, looking for a strong relationship with the natural element. The tree is placed at the center of the plan and allows you to move between the rooms by climbing on it.
The tree house takes its shape through the encounter of three modules that appear as the essentiality of the archetypal form of the mountain dwelling and that acquire complexity in the relationship between them. For the cladding of the facades, it was decided to use two different types of wood essence to narrate this compositional choice. The intersection among the house modules give birth to specific domestic spaces: on the first floor it becomes a generous shower, on the second floor it generates the equipped kitchen, core of the living space, while on the last floor, it evolves in a built-in wardrobe for personal belongings.
Moreover, the specific relation among the interior spaces is also reflected towards the outer world. Small and large windows frame the natural context from different points of view, allowing you to admire now the dense forest, now the starry sky.