Nestled within a grove of palm trees by the sea like a boat tossed onto shore during a storm, now moored to the trees with sails billowing in the breeze.

The treehouse borrows from naval architecture — structural rib-and-shell, gangway, anchor lines, and compact interior. Another inspiration is that of a coconut — a roughly hewn exterior contrasting with a smooth interior.

The upper deck contains a kitchen, dining and lounge, while below deck the bedroom and washroom have woven bamboo walls, letting in breeze and filtering sunlight. A lining of translucent waterproof fabric glides along tracks attached to structural ribs to offer privacy and protection from the elements. The house is self-sufficient, harvesting solar, rain, and waste.

International Competition Winner

© Studio Garneau

nestled within a grove of palm trees by the sea shore like a boat tossed onto shore during a storm now moored to the trees with sails billowing the building is anchored between trees with a gangway bridge and a compact interior the upper deck contains a kitchen, dining and lounge area lower level walls are made of woven bamboo filtering direct sun while letting in breeze roling down shades lets in diffuse sunlight  and provides privacy like a sail, an inner lining of translucent waterproof fabric glides along tracks attached to the structural ribs to offer a variety of partial enclosure and complete protection from the elements if needed inspired by naval architecture with structural rib-and-shell construction solar thermal and electric, rainwater harvesting and waste compost longitudinal elevation longitudinal section short elevation cross section upper level plan - living area lower level plan - sleeping anchor cables attached to trees and perimeter beam coconut shell - rough exterior contrasting with a smooth interior watch fantastic sunsets while perched in the tree canopy
  • aerial
  • beach
  • upper deck
  • gangway
  • bed+open
  • bed+shade
  • roof axo
  • roof close
  • roof open
  • roofhalf
  • structure
  • energy
  • long elevation
  • long-section
  • cross-elevation
  • cross-section
  • upper-plan
  • lower-plan
  • detail
  • coconut
  • sunset