Treehouse cabin buildings have come a long way since the ones you hung out in as a child. Today it seems that treehouses are becoming more and more popular for use not only as kids playhouses but for use as vacation homes and some for full-time living. A treehouse is usually inspired by the nature that sculpts the cabin building project. This treehouse, in particular, is close to the coastline and on sandy soil, so a light cabin building structure made up of piles screwed with a beam post system proved to be effective. The posts for the treehouse are at most offset from the main facade to help give an impression of lightness to the project. The ground on the building site is very steep, so the cabin building was raised between 3 and 13 feet off the ground, the highest part facing the lagoon.
The cabin building itself is a large, burnt wood cube building that is cut by its environment, with trees and light. In the center of the cabin building, where the light comes in is a patio, and a pond is suspended leaving the rest of the cabin building to organize around the house including the kitchen to keep with the continuity. In addition to this pool, there is also a permaculture garden of 1,600 square feet cut out on the outside terrace. The cabin building project plays between the inside and outside spaces and comes to mix the two by interlocking sets of volumes, openings in angles and trees that cross the slab. The cabin building is isolated and composed of small living spaces to receive friends in privacy.
This treehouse build is a beautiful example of how the natural surroundings on the building site can influence the cabin building project. The use of wood and glass throughout this treehouse building project, are constant reminders of the natural surroundings in which the treehouse sits. The floating wood stove fits in perfectly in front of the comfy couch which looks onto the pond through the wall of glass. Minimalist decor throughout this cabin building again helps to make this home feel like a part of nature everywhere you turn.
The charred wood that you find on the treehouse cabin building not only looks good but is a way of treating cedar that makes it weatherproof. Shou sugi ban is a technique that originated in Japan in the 18th century primarily as a way to help treat cedar siding to make it weatherproof. The ancient technique which involves charring the wood surface to render it a deep charcoal-black has become popular recently as a treatment for outdoor contemporary exteriors and indoor furnishings alike. You can even find variations of Shou Sugi Ban elevated to fine art. The process and finished result called yakisugi are undeniable, with the blackening of the wood revealing clean, distinct lines and an inherent textural quality and beauty. You might not be the owner of a blowtorch just yet, but any DIYer can accomplish this technique at home to help give an existing piece of wood furniture a new look.