Forest Pond House / TDO Architecture

  • 11 Feb 2013
  • Selected Works Structures
© Ben Blossom

Architects: TDO Architecture
Location: , UK
Area: 6 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ben Blossom

© Ben Blossom

Located in rural Hampshire, the Forest Pond House is both a space for meditation and a children’s den in the woods.

© Ben Blossom

Cantilevering over the bank of a pond at the foot of a family garden, the timber frame structure is finished in plywood, glass and copper and was designed and built by for a budget of £7,500.

The design overlays the two functions to give a single diagram. This was shaped by the forest to give a form to the building.

© Ben Blossom

The Forest Pond House combines contrasting surroundings and contrasting uses to striking effect. It nestles between the dark drama of the forest and the bright calm of the water. Black, angular sides address the forest; light, curved surfaces and sheet glass address the pond. As well as mirroring the building’s environment, the design creates its dual functions.


The dark elevations serve as blackboards for drawing in the woods. A rising floor and falling ceiling shrinks one corner down to the size of a child. The brighter end of the Forest Pond House, with its single source of light and bench looking onto the water, offers focus and a place for reflection.

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  • antonio

    very nice, but in such a nice place should I stay in a narrow/close/dark space ??

  • Karolina Samuilaite

    Conceptually strong idea which to my mind needs to be developed a bit more. The environment is relaxing and harmonic, so the person, who is inside, should feel the connection between the nature and himeself and this sense shouldn’t be restrained by heavy walls on the sides. Anyway, like it. Very much.

  • theodore

    great place to meditate or relaxing your mind, but need more open space near the pond. its too heavy, try to using louver at the edge should be good as the representative of the forest trees maybe

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  • mohamed

    it’s a good design but very narrow for more than one person and human scale must be change as in the section ,the roof scale height . critical .