Studio: Wee Studio
Project: The Treehouse
Location: Beijing, China
Category: Hotel & Leisure Hospitality
Credit: Haiting Sun, RoadsideAlien Studio, Haifei Dai
The Treehouse is located in a little woods with a mountain spring and rocks, where is at the foot of Mount Wuling in Miyun, Beijing. The building is about the subtle relationship between nature and inhabitation, as well as an exploration about how to achieve the architecture in the era of internet.
At the end of 2015, we initiated a crowdfunding on the Internet which had a great response in a short time. More than building a Treehouse on our own, the practice is about inviting more people with same interests into the process of design and construction and having fun with it. The 8M² building has three parts: a deck and two separated polyhedrons the function of which are tearoom and bathroom.
The tearoom is floored with Tatami and designed to serve as tea drinking in the daylight and sleeping at night. The full size glass to the floor brings the view of trees and cliff in the tearoom. A small window on the west side leads people to the small woods outside far away.
The skylight at the end of the sloping ceiling introduces the light into the room, and makes the small room felt bigger and higher. Through the study of window layout and human body size, we avoid the feeling of cramp in such a small interior space and make a conversation with the nature in a subtle way. The main structure is steel frame which is prefabricated in factory and transported to site. The facade is installed with 60mm width recycled wood panels which make the building blend into the environment.