Thursday, February 10, 2011

Outlandia: treehouse shedworking

Outlandia is an off-grid treehouse garden office, an artist studio, meeting pklace and fieldstation in Glen Nevis, Lochaber, Scotland. It's the work of London Fieldworks and Malcolm Fraser Architects and apparently inspired by "childhood dens, wildlife hides and bothies, by forest outlaws and Japanese poetry platforms". The goal of Outlandia is to encourage links between creativity and the environment. Here's what Malcolm Fraser says about it:
Sitting half-way up the opposite side of the Glen to Ben Nevis, a visitor approaches Outlandia through the path we cut through the dense woods behind, descending out the musty dark of the trees into a big view which, from dark-to-light and framed by old, tall larches, opens-up across the Glen to the shoulder of the Ben.

The building itself sits out from a 45 degree slope: a treehouse, part-built out the trees cut down to form the site, entered across a bridge from the slope behind; a simple box, leaning-out into the view with big windows opening-up to it. Part of the building of it was a low-impact, eco-friendly use of material recovered from the site; part the opposite, high-impact and hairy landings of concrete, for the foundations, from a helicopter. Construction was part-joinery, part-forestry and part-mountain rescue, with a local contractor who nicely combined all three, and an unusual set of Risk Assessments.
Below is an interior shot of the structure, a trompe l'oeil library by artist Adam Dant in the style of the Scottish Enlightenment: visitors can write their own titles onto the spines of the books.
More photos here
Via dezeen
Thursday posts are sponsored by Atelier garden studios which are sustainable, stylish, flexible, functional and future proofed

1 comment: