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Treehouse / RPA

  • 01:00 - 11 December, 2009
Treehouse / RPA
Treehouse / RPA, © Eric Staudenmaier
© Eric Staudenmaier

© Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier +14

From the architect. Located on a high eastern-facing ridge with views downtown Los Angeles in the distance, the Banyan Treehouse is a diminutive art studio and sanctuary. Rockefeller Partners was originally commissioned by this client to design a house that was ultimately never realized. Working together once again on this project, architect and client were able to revisit some of the design elements that they had originally explored in a different context, such as the striking butterfly roofline.

Perched atop steel pylons that abstractly emulate natural branches, the project is not literally a tree house but rather a modern interpretation of one. The design pays the ultimate respect to the pre-existing tree, literally shaping itself around the contours of the trunk. Inside, a single glass cut out in the floor reconnects the tree house inhabitant to the tree itself, a respectful and subtle nod to Mother Nature.

© Eric Staudenmaier
© Eric Staudenmaier

Every surface of the tree house is appointed with wood, creating an unparalleled level of warmth. The exterior is clad with high-grade cedar while the underside of the eaves and the structure itself are clad with rich palope. Inside, the walnut floors are complemented by walnut paneled walls.

© Eric Staudenmaier
© Eric Staudenmaier

Serving both as a studio and as guest accommodation, the tree house is completely self-sufficient with a water closet, fireplace, refrigerator, daybed, and television. Outside, a quick walk down the stairs leads to a protected and private outdoor shower.

Cite: "Treehouse / RPA" 11 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/43355/treehouse-rpa/>
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Lancko Doors · July 03, 2012

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Marcos Aquino · May 02, 2012

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Jessica Megan · April 25, 2012

This "treehouse" is gorgeous--all walls, ceiling and floor are wood paneling. Beautiful corner windows seal the deal: http://t.co/8vQl33JY

DoorandWindowParts · April 25, 2012

This "treehouse" is gorgeous--all walls, ceiling and floor are wood paneling. Beautiful corner windows seal the deal: http://t.co/8vQl33JY

L'estilo · April 25, 2012

Inspiradora y original casa - estudio de arte, construída en madera y con vistas a Los Ángeles, California. http://t.co/rriWb81Y

daniella molina · April 25, 2012

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Wahyu Adi Saputra · April 25, 2012

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osman ghaffar · April 25, 2012

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???? ???? ????? · February 12, 2012

@Doo282 Then you would love this ! :D
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Lancko Doors · November 13, 2011

Treehouse / RPA Modern Homes Modern Doors http://t.co/C6Fg8Heg via @archdaily

Samantha Scrymgeour · August 20, 2011

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iqbal · July 25, 2011

Hi,I am iqbal. I am a student of architecture.This is a nice work.
Would You mind to give me the plan,elevation,and section of this project.Plaese......

samuel tissier · June 30, 2011

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Barby Omodei · May 07, 2011

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iamzomlive · December 22, 2010

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Elizabeth Fielder · December 21, 2010
Ana Maria Manzo · July 16, 2010

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askvor · April 16, 2010

Wow - love it! http://bit.ly/aE7Mxb #treehouse

jennifer koskinen · April 16, 2010

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jennifer koskinen · April 16, 2010

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Emily Robinson · March 11, 2010

RT @RealCedar: Wouldn&#39t you love to live in a treehouse? http://bit.ly/chuegR From @archdaily

WesternRedCedar · March 11, 2010

Wouldn&#39t you love to live in a treehouse? http://bit.ly/chuegR From @archdaily

Kiki Kurnia · February 25, 2010

..hey...that's good job too,...you have a compactibilty between the building structure, form and the nature site..!

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Mariana De Leon · February 03, 2010
Billy Wood · January 30, 2010

A very cool "fort"! This is what happens when little boys grow up and become architects. I love the woodwork.

Angie · January 30, 2010

My dream treehouse! Absolutley fantastic!

PEDRO BALINT · January 29, 2010

BRIAN AND....Well done, A.P. BALINT!

Douglas Gordon · January 29, 2010

Wow! You built it! Wonderfully askew structural system. Gorgeous wood- and concrete work. Beautiful detailing. (At one time, wasn't the flue to actually run up inside a "post"?) What a wonderful spot in which to escape. Well done guys!

Tom Weir · January 29, 2010

Fascinating design. Reminds me of my tree house days way back when...

Shon · January 29, 2010

Out'n'About.

Jeff and Sheryl Thue · January 29, 2010

Great work guys. Almost as cool as the house you did for us!

Tom Preis · January 29, 2010 08:57 PM

Hey! Hey! Hey!

John Felts · January 29, 2010

Well done, Rocky!

Matt · January 06, 2010

very well done

Miloš Milovanovi? · December 30, 2009

Reading: "Treehouse / RPA | ArchDaily"( http://twitthis.com/stupq6 )

Jeff L. J. · December 18, 2009

My Christmas Present to myself for working so hard this past year. http://bit.ly/5EGcUd

moop · December 13, 2009

i would love to live in this

zga · December 13, 2009

lovely

Dariusz · December 12, 2009

simple and beautiful. love the outdoor showa!! great concrete work

... · December 12, 2009

perfect for hermits

Pierre Batbatian · December 12, 2009

im speachless,,,,

spass · December 12, 2009

This is a very successful design overall. However, while I appreciate the functionality of the small space, I think design is quite complicated for such a small structure. Simpler would have been better. Inspirational!

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