architecture firm EX FIGURA has unveiled a treehouse proposal, to be constructed within a historical site in charente, france. the concept draws inspiration from the actions of climbing, sitting, and living on the trees, which are closely interconnected with the excitement towards exploring the unknown, the thrill of the unpredictable, and the joy of being in contact with nature.

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the treehouse proposal by EX FIGURA has been shaped to create a constant feeling of adventure, held by structural ladders that, in the image of branches, support places of living, while creating multiple paths around it. the design was simplified and systematized to allow each part and finish to be moved or replaced according to necessity.

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the fundamental part of this modularity is the slab; a 4×4 meter square with a fixed position of 4 ladders that enables the following levels to be rotated, thus making the living experience as surprising as nature. the repetition of parts also allows the materials to be changed easily, according to the context.

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instead of a standard modular house, this design allows the house to have 64 possible configurations, always using the same elements. using trees as reference, the slabs and the ladders make room for different programs in different places of the house. each space is unique, with a particular connection to the surrounding context, adding to the immersive experience. 

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overall, the project establishes a variety of paths to explore the landscape and discover its possibilities. they create the opportunity to see every different aspect of the site, from multiple perspectives. the houses allow guests to gaze upon all the qualities of the local trees – from the bottom all the way to the top – revealing every shape and color. meanwhile, they develop an intimate relationship with the site, as they unfold every aspect of the landscape and let people dwell around this world.

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project info:

 

name: tree house
architecture office: EX FIGURA
location: charente, france

 

 

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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom