Recently unveiled for an international exhibition, ‘The Quiet Treehouse’ is the world’s first tree-home to feature next generation sound engineering, introducing an entirely new concept in arboreal living.
Designed by Blue Forest, a British company specialising in luxury tree house structures ranging from fantasy play areas to romantic tree house hideaways, the Quiet Treehouse concept is based on the idea of creating a peaceful retreat from the clamour of busy life.
Contrary to its name, its bold contemporary design can be installed independently of a host tree, yet it still provides users with the sense that they are high in the treetops looking down on the world below.
Unveiled at the Ideal Home Show, the treehouse allows visitors to learn about the power of noise people experience in their daily lives through personal sound-portraits and a wild sanctuary animal sound archive.
The design reflects the natural environment, encouraging people to develop a closer relationship with the outdoors.
The stand-alone form of the treehouse is inspired by the shape of a small coppice of trees, where three primary trunks support the cocoon-like creation. The house is elevated three metres from the ground, accessed by a wooden stairway that connects the two levels.
The floor plan was shaped from three intersecting circles, featuring 43 square metres of interior space and 10 square metres of outdoor deck area. The main circle or room, which has a 3.3-metre radius, includes a kitchenette with a central island bench and a sitting/living area, while two smaller circles feature the second room and the deck area which connects the stairs with the entrance to the house.
Blending technology in harmony with nature, the treehouse was constructed with the latest quiet gadgets in order to minimise noise penetration from outside of the building. The walls, floors and roof of the structure are lined with an acoustic product made from more than 80 per cent organic and recyclable materials.
After the exhibition, which runs until March 30 at Earls Court in London, the house will be donated to the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice in West Sussex, UK, aiming to provide children and their families with a safe and stimulating environment in which they can play, relax and spend time together.
“So many temporary structures for shows are designed to only be up for a short while and are then dismantled and the material thrown out which is a tremendous waste,” said Blue Forest founder Andy Payne. “A key challenge of this treehouse project was to design something that could be installed at the Ideal Home Show in only seven days but that would be durable and long-lasting, providing real value for its final home at Chestnut Tree House Hospice.”