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Woodsman’s Treehouse, Holditch

The building exploits a rare opportunity for experimentation

Woodsman's Treehouse, Holditch by Brownlie Ernst and Marks.
Woodsman's Treehouse, Holditch by Brownlie Ernst and Marks. Credit: Sandy Steele Perkins

Brownlie Ernst and Marks for Mallinson 

Contract value: £150,000

GIA: 35m²

Anticipation builds as one leaves the footpath and steps onto the raised walkway then the suspension bridge to a charred oak door with a reclaimed brass porthole. 

The Treehouse was made by a self-build team of furniture makers and green wood craftsmen, including the client and his family, and is structurally independent of the oak it encompasses. The heart of the plan is a rotunda, with thick outer walls housing bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Openings in the deep voids between outer and inner timber linings give an air of solidity despite the lightweight construction. 

 
  • Woodsman's Treehouse, Holditch by Brownlie Ernst and Marks.
    Woodsman's Treehouse, Holditch by Brownlie Ernst and Marks. Credit: Sandy Steele Perkins
  • Woodsman's Treehouse, Holditch by Brownlie Ernst and Marks.
    Woodsman's Treehouse, Holditch by Brownlie Ernst and Marks. Credit: Sandy Steele Perkins
  • Woodsman's Treehouse, Holditch by Brownlie Ernst and Marks.
    Woodsman's Treehouse, Holditch by Brownlie Ernst and Marks. Credit: Sandy Steele Perkins
  • Woodsman's Treehouse, Holditch by Brownlie Ernst and Marks.
    Woodsman's Treehouse, Holditch by Brownlie Ernst and Marks. Credit: Sandy Steele Perkins
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The building exploits a rare opportunity for experimentation and is already fully booked in its first season. It displays a masterly control of form and function, with pinches of Borromini, Palladio and Stirling. All squeezed into a tiny first project for this relatively new practice, specifically formed to design bridges anywhere in the world. 


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