Location: West Dorset
Architect: Brownlie Ernst and Marks Limited
Client: Guy Mallinson Woodland Workshop and Crafty Camping
Structural Engineer: Ecos Maclean
Joinery Company/Wood Supplier: Guy Mallinson Woodland Workshop
Wood Species: Douglas Fir, Cedar, Sweet Chestnut, Oak and Larch (all English)
Woodsman’s Treehouse is a two-person residential retreat at Crafty Camping & Woodland Workshop, a rural campus offering green woodworking courses and accommodation in a woodland. It was self-built by a team of skilled furniture makers and green wood craftsmen. The playful construction, arranged around an aged oak, is in harmony with its surroundings. The modest elevated house is arranged around a cylindrical living space concealed within an octagonal drum externally clad in alternating stripes of Douglas fir and cedar which are weathering to form a chevron pattern. The secondary rooms, plugged around its perimeter, are clad in different timber species and cuts. The treehouse is approached across a sloping site via a boardwalk and entered through a burnt oak entrance door.