Images courtesy of Michael Smallcombe
Commissioned by the Dartmoor Arts Project for the second year in a row, London-based Jerry Tate Architects has completed a temporary treehouse inspired by a bird's nest for local farm owners in Devon. Working in collaboration with Dartmoor students and timber specialist Henry Russell, the treehouse was designed as a safe play-space as part of the summer school's "Spatial Structures" course. .
The course, which is aimed at architectural students, architects, designers and all around "makers," allows students to work directly in the field, with an emphasis placed on materials and place. The treehouse created for this summer’s "Studio on the Moor" includes an accessible walkway and a circular seating "pod" that provides both the aesthetic appeal and secured construction of a weaver bird’s nest.
Designed and constructed in a matter of only five days, the treehouse was built around the base of a mature oak using locally sourced materials. The structure requires only two mechanical fixtures to the tree, with woven pieces of spruce, larch, and western red cedar providing additional structural stability. The project cost £600 and will remain on site, along with other timber structures from previous Dartmoor Art Week events, for two years.