The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects


Ok, this is not technically a treehouse, but that does not diminish its value. The guys from Rockefeller Partners Architects built this art studio and getaway – called Banyan Treehouse – facing downtown Los Angeles in the distance.

This 170 sq ft house is the result of an old project requested by the same client that was never realized, but some of the features that were planned on that project have been used here, just one of them being the shape of the roof.

Now, the reason why this is not a proper treehouse is the mere fact that it is not on a tree. It is placed on steel pylons that were deliberately used to show that this is a modern house based on an old concept of a simple treehouse, respecting the original idea, but adding modern input.

Every part of the house is covered with wood. The exterior is made of high-grade cedar, the structure of rich palope, the windows of mahogany and the interior floors and walls of walnut panels. This gives the house natural warmth. The house is a studio, but it can serve as accommodation as well, due to the fact that it is completely self-sufficient with a fireplace, refrigerator, daybed, TV, water closet and a shower that is placed on the outside but is surprisingly private.

Having in mind all of the aspects – use of wood and glass, the house’ purpose and position, as well as its design – we must say that this seems like a very successful project.

Front view of The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects

Exterior view of The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects

Architecture of The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects

Concrete stairs leading up to The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects

Outdoor shower surrounded by concrete walls at The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects

Wooden shelving unit and steel beams and fireplace at The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects

Steel Pylons and wooden floors at the The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects

Work desk and white swivel chair at the The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects

Bathroom with wooden floors and walls at The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects

Window with wooden framing at The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects

The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects during the evening

Floor plans of The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects

Floor plans of The Banyan Treehouse by Rockefeller Partners Architects

Photo credit: Photography: Eric Staudenmaier

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