OXX has been awarded Honorable Mention in the Young Architect's Competition - Treehouse Module for their proposal that looks to take inspiration from the surrounding context and its history. The project seeks to develop two modules that offer visitors a framed view of the castle, Château de la Mothe chandeniers in France.
The proposed treehouses reflect the castle’s arch-shaped windows and gateways that once framed the view of the surrounding countryside. The South African architecture studio then reinforces this vaulted shape through taking cues from a childhood experience, one that involves building a blanket fort from sheets, chairs and bed frames. This act of draping a piece of cloth over some kind of makeshift structure is mimicked by the scaled roof draping over the arches and creating a vaulted roof.
The use of material and construction also looks to the sites’ past. With the walls making reference to traditional medieval timber frame construction, the scaled roof brings with it images of knight’s armour. And finally, with the castle suffering the fate of being engulfed in flames, the studio saw it as only fitting that the tree houses’ facades memorialise these events by using charred timber for their exterior, allowing them to sit within the landscape in a seemingly ruined state and contrasting the surrounding lush greenery.