| 21 : 00 – 22 August, 2018 |
A treehouse with stunning curved roof designed by Monoarchi rests at edge of a mountain village in Zhejiang Province, China.
Perched along a dyke – Yuyao Treewow Tribe treehouse designed by Monoarchi is surrounded by picturesque bamboo tree hills and mountains. Raised on steel stilts, the treehouse featuring timber-clad exterior with an impressive curvilinear wooden tiled roof, is suited for a comfortable weekend. With a balcony hanging above the nearby stream, the two-storey guest space had a roof terrace has an undulating roof. Using rural construction techniques and impressive design form, the treehouse offers spectacular views of the beautiful landscape.
Terrace overhanging the creek. Photo © Chen Hao
Aerial view of the treehouse. Photo © Song Xiaodan
From the Architects –
The project is located in a rarely visited mountain village at the foot of the Siming Mountain in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province. The village rests on the edge of a secondary forest. A small river, dividing the village into two parts, slowly runs through from north to south. The tree house is located on the west bank of the lower stream. Two peaks facing to each other are standing on the east and the west sides of the site. Verdant bamboos are spread all over the hill, creating an amiable and tranquil atmosphere.
View from the creek in dry season. Photo © Chen Hao
The tree house is 8-meter high, roughly equal to the height of an adult bamboo. It is divided into upper and lower parts. The lower part is composed of steel supporting columns; while the upper part is mainly wood structure. The treehouse is located on one side of the dyke. The dyke is surrounded by ancient bamboo forests while facing the old tea factory across the creek. Part of the terrace is hanging over the streams, creating a sense of floating. Moreover, since the steel columns are huddled to several points on the land to minimize impact on the environment, larger free space for ground activities is produced.
Concept process ©Monoarchi
The wooden part in upper level consists of three non-concentric circles. The terrace overhanging the stream, the two-story guest room, and the undulating roof and terrace. The plan is a simple spiral line.
Plan and Elevations ©Monoarchi
A circle of the outer wall is integrated into the interior, separated the bathroom and the steps into the mezzanine away from the living space. Each window has a unique view to the outside. But the best part is to climb to the top of the roof and enjoy the natural charms of the mountains.
Stairs to the tea room and the terrace at second floor. Photo © Chen Hao
Curved roof supported by changing roof truss. Photo © Chen Hao
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Features of the treehouse structure –
The roof and the walls are supported by fifty-seven giant trusses that vary gradually in thickness. The ostensibly soft roof not only helps outlining the elegant skyline, more importantly, the waving eave introduced the landscape into the room from the window and kept the privacy of the rooms.
The giant supportive trusses as seen in the model ©Monoarchi
Roofing tiles Photo © Song Xiaodan
Functions of the treehouse roof –
The crude hand construction of traditional dwellings is different from fine production under standardization and industrialization. The fluctuating roof is not an arbitrary fantasy of the architect. The non-linear eave has extremely high error-tolerant rate, which can be considered as a respect of rural construction to natural laws.
Wooden tiles expressed the architect’s respect to nature. Photo © Chen Hao
During the design and construction process, the architect remained close communications with local craftsmen. This helped to achieve a balance between the design form and local construction skills.
Guest experience –
The changes of the roof define the visual communications between the inside and outside as well as continuous gradient from the private to public spaces. When the guest enter the first floor terrace, they will start to experience the circular sequence of spaces from the eave along the terrace to the connected interior.
The window introduces the landscape into the interior, people can see the old tea factory at the other side of the creek. Photo © Chen Hao
From the living room to the huge window, to the terrace of large depth and to the upwraping roof to enjoy the view to the creek. Also the views of the landscape on the mountain of bamboos can’t be missed.
Interior-Exterior view from the bed ©Monoarchi
The bedroom with low window, to the falling roof captures a good view when lying. The open bathtub and the high window at the side guarantees the privacy as well as the satisfaction of views to the nature. The vertical window at the entrance to the bathroom is completely covered by the roof, ensuring absolute privacy without affecting natural ventilation.
Window along the stairway and bathroom. Photo © Song Xiaodan
The rising eave at entrance. Photo © Chen Hao
Walking along the spiral staircase into the second floor, people can sit around the terrace and see the old tree which is almost two hundred years old through the fluctuating roof. The journey of experience ends at the terrace. It’s enclosed by the roof at the second floor, where people can enjoy a sip of tea while being surround by the mountains.
An old tree facing the tea room and the terrace. Photo © Chen Hao
3D rendering of the exterior – The house will eventually merge into the nature after erosion of time ©Monoarchi
Project details –
Project Name – Yuyao Treewow Tribe
Location – Zhongcun, Luting, Yuyao, Zhejiang Province, China
Architect Firm – MONOARCHI | www.monoarchi.com
Lead Architects – Xiaochao Song, Keming Wang
Completion – April 2018
Area – 80sqm
Client – Xbandclub Yuyao Treewow Hotel Management Company
Photography Credits – © Hao Chen, © Xiaodan Song
Structural Consultants – XIE Technologies
Construction – Deqing Wukang Rongshun Department of Decoration Service