A multilevel treehouse accessible to all ages and levels of physical ability that is immersed in the natural surroundings without disturbing them.
The clients live in a suburban neighborhood on a large lot that is landscaped with mature native plants and trees. They wanted a treehouse that could be enjoyed by the whole family, including their non-ambulatory granddaughter. The treehouse is visible from their kitchen, but also blends in with the surrounding vegetation.
The structure touches the ground intermittently and through the use of cantilevers minimizes disturbance of the site. The lower level is accessed by a ramp from an existing stone patio and has ample room for play, exterior seating, and a wheelchair.
The upper level cantilevers over the lower platform just below the tree canopy. It is scaled down to feel safe and comfortable to younger children. A trap door attaches to a terra cotta flower pot that acts as a counterweight making its operation smooth and easy.
A minimal railing system of wood and hog-wire not only preserves views from the treehouse, but through the treehouse to the trees surrounding it.