Temporality sufficiently burdened the business case for Treehouse, making the reuse of abundant building materials the starting point for the architectural design. Where initial design iterations were thought of in shipping containers, the design was eventually elaborated using timber construction shacks. In a loosely organized grid, a series of shacks house the project’s studio space while two larger spaces accommodate a workshop and exhibition space. Collaboration and exchange are encouraged by combining compact studio space with expansive collective spaces in the project.
The project is enveloped in reclaimed timber from nearby forest management projects. The repetition of the characteristic roofscape results into two slightly contrasting façades, each responding to the adjacent urban context. Three oversized sliding doors mark the main entrances and invite unsuspecting visitors into using a secondary internal urban route, exploring the cultural production inside Treehouse.
During its ten-year tenure, Treehouse aims to offer a form of resistance against the disappearance of cultural experimentation. Time will tell if the project ends up being detrimental to the force of gentrification.