shanghai-based monoarchi architects built this bamboo treehouse based on three non-concentric circles and a fluctuating roof that defines its visual communications. composed of a series of private and public space, the treehouse’s top acts as a continuous gradient and mapping of its facilities.

the undulating roof of this bamboo treehouse dictates its circular sequence of spaces monoarchi

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the 8-meter high dwelling – its height chosen by the architects to match the surrounding adult bamboo trees -is located in the rarely visited mountain village at the foot of the siming mountain in yuyao, china. it is divided into upper and lower parts; the lower part composed of steel supporting columns, while the upper part is mainly a wooden structure.

the undulating roof of this bamboo treehouse dictates its circular sequence of spaces monoarchi

 

 

the plan is a simple spiral line comprising three non-concentric circles. a circle of the outer wall is integrated into the interior, separating the bathroom and the steps into a mezzanine away from the living space. a series of windows are framed by the roof’s waving eave, looking out to the surrounding area, whilst helping to maintain a level of privacy.

the undulating roof of this bamboo treehouse dictates its circular sequence of spaces monoarchi

 

 

the tree house is located on one side of a dyke where, surrounded by ancient bamboo forests, and large green banks. the steel columns have been placed in groups at several points on the land to minimize impact on the environment whilst also creating a large free space for ground activities. part of the terrace is hanging over the streams, creating a sense of floating.

the undulating roof of this bamboo treehouse dictates its circular sequence of spaces monoarchi

 

 

guests enters the terrace on the first floor, following the eave along a terrace that connects the interior of the treehouse. from the living room a huge window acts as a route to the unwrapping roof whilst a low window from the bedroom does the same. in the bathroom, the roof hangs to cover the vertical roof entirely, ensuring privacy whilst not affecting natural ventilation.

the undulating roof of this bamboo treehouse dictates its circular sequence of spaces monoarchi

 

 

fifty-seven giant trusses support the walls and the roof whose non-linear form was chosen by the architects as a respect of rural construction to natural laws. during the design and construction process, the architect remained close communications with local craftsmen to achieve a balance between the design form and local construction skills.

the undulating roof of this bamboo treehouse dictates its circular sequence of spaces monoarchi

the undulating roof of this bamboo treehouse dictates its circular sequence of spaces monoarchi

the undulating roof of this bamboo treehouse dictates its circular sequence of spaces monoarchi

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