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Yellow Treehouse Restaurant

Auckland, New Zealand
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The tree house concept is reminiscent of childhood dreams and playtime, fairy stories of sorcery and imagination. This is inspired by many forms found in nature-the chrysalis that protects the butterfly emerges, perhaps an onion which has taken this form hung to dry. It can also be seen as a lantern, a beacon at night that simply glows yet during the day or a tree fort that provides good perspective and offers good shelter. The shape of the plan also has subtle similarities to a sea shell with the open ends spiraling to the center.

Access is by a suspension bridge, an adventure in itself. The selected site and tree had to have many functional requirements. Finally the tree chosen was the largest in the place and also sits on a steep part, which accentuates the tree's height. The kitchen facilities and bathrooms are at ground level.

The architectural component incorporates a simple oval shape, wrapped around the trunk and secured both the top and the base of the tree, with a circular plan that opens on one side and offers a panoramic view of the side opposite the entrance.