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  7. Half-Tree House / Jacobschang Architecture

Half-Tree House / Jacobschang Architecture

  • 10:00 - 7 November, 2017
Half-Tree House / Jacobschang Architecture
Half-Tree House / Jacobschang Architecture, © Noah Kalina
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Sullivan County, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Mike Jacobs
  • Project Team

    Biayna Bogosian, Forrest Jessee, Leopold Lambert, William Scherer
  • Area

    360.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Noah Kalina
© Noah Kalina

Text description provided by the architects. This 360 sf. structure is located on a remote 60 acre, privately owned second-growth forest in Sullivan County, NY. It is sited on a steep, isolated area of the property with no vehicular access, no piped water and no electricity.

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© Noah Kalina
Plans
Plans
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© Noah Kalina

From the outset, the project outlined two formidable directives: to design a structure that can be constructed by amateur weekend builders & to consider a limited construction budget.

© Noah Kalina
© Noah Kalina
© Noah Kalina
© Noah Kalina

The topography presented a difficult challenge. In an effort to minimize sitework and to eliminate the need for large footings, retaining walls and pumped concrete, the architecture is lifted above the ground and relies upon support from the trees. Sonotube footings anchor the upslope corners at grade while half of the weight of the structure is distributed, via Garnier Limbs, to two existing trees.

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© Noah Kalina

Engineered wood beams form the perimeter with standard nominal lumber for all intermediate framing. Three 8’x8’ steel-tube pivot doors, the largest single expense, were fabricated offsite and installed, weatherstripped and fitted onsite with dual-insulated glass. 

Model. Image Courtesy of Jacobschang Architecture
Model. Image Courtesy of Jacobschang Architecture

Exterior and interior boards were milled and kiln-dried from the Eastern Pines felled on the property. To minimize maintenance and to withstand long wet winters, exterior boards are treated using traditional Scandinavian pine-tar. Interior walls and ceiling are painted and the floor is protected with a clear matte sealant. 

© Noah Kalina
© Noah Kalina

The space is heated with a highly efficient Jotul wood stove and power, if needed, is drawn from a portable generator. The entire construction was performed by its two owners, and in the true spirit of New England barnraising, with a team of dedicated weekend support

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© Noah Kalina

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Cite: "Half-Tree House / Jacobschang Architecture" 07 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/883092/half-tree-house-jacobschang-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
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