All photographs by Lucy Gauntlett
Well it isn't covered in mirrored glass, but it is still pretty cool: a restaurant in a treehouse. One can almost imagine Galadriel hosting dinner in Lothlórien, but in fact It was built in New Zealand for an advertisement for the Yellow Pages and everything was ordered out of the book.
Hard to believe that the Yellow Pages still have enough money to do this kind of thing, but Architects Pacific Environments / Peter Eising & Lucy Gauntlett have built a gem.
The concept is driven by the ‘enchanted’ site which is raised above an open meadow and meandering stream on the edge of the woods.
The tree-house concept is reminiscent of childhood dreams and playtime, fairy stories of enchantment and imagination . It’s inspired through many forms found in nature -the chrysalis/cocoon protecting the emerging butterfly/moth, perhaps an onion/garlic clove form hung out to dry. It is also seen as a lantern, a beacon at night that simply glows yet during the day it might be a semi camouflaged growth, or a tree fort that provides an outlook and that offers refuge.The plan form also has loose similarities to a sea shell with the open ends spiralling to the centre .
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