An award winning tree-house inspired holiday home with a stunning undulating roof built on stilts.
There just isn’t enough green in the world. With swanky villas and seven star hotels, we seem to have lost touch with properties that are one with nature and can provide us a customized one-of-a-kind experience as opposed to the ‘mass built class’ that we seem to be accustomed to.
Architecture studio Monoarchi, which has offices in China and Netherlands, has taken it upon itself to design a gorgeous holiday home in the form of a tree house called Treewow O in the mountain village of Zhongcun in China’s Zhejiang Province.
The building is located on the banks of a stream that runs through the village, dividing it into two parts. The site is flanked on either side by bamboo-covered hills and looks across the stream towards a former tea-production facility. Angled steel columns raise the cabin above the ground so its terrace extends out over the water and are clustered together to minimize disruption to the earth. The resulting structure is described by the architects as a tree-house despite not being built around a tree.
Inside, the first floor of Treewow O is finished in red cedar and consists of a living room, bedroom and a bathroom with a bathtub.
In addition, a spiral staircase leads up to a rooftop terrace area that provides views of the landscape including a nearby 200 year old tree.
To support the elaborate curved roof, which is based on three non-concentric circles and sports eye-catching hanging eaves, Monoarchi used fifty-seven wooden trusses that vary in thickness. The roof is also made from red cedar wood and the lower part of the dwelling features steel structural supports. In addition to framing specific views of the mountains and the bamboo forest, the irregular roof form was designed to be constructed by local artisans using traditional methods.
With articulate and talented architects, we are constantly introduced to novel innovations ever so often. When in sync with nature, everything just about fits right in.
Text By Neerja Kapadia