December 04, 2020
The Woodnest treehouse was born from a dream. When Norwegian native Kjartan wanted to marry Sally, who hails from Australia, he decided to show his dedication by building a treehouse in which to propose to her. A rudimentary structure was duly constructed 10 metres up a pine tree, accessible only by a bit of dexterous climbing. He proposed, she said yes, and the rest, as they say, is history. Except that the treehouse became far more than just a romantic gesture. Over the years, its magical appeal strengthened its grip over the happy couple's imagination. Now, with a young daughter in tow, Kjartan and Sally decided to share their passion by building a new treehouse for paying guests.
The treehouse is located in a forest of majestic pines, 20 minutes' walk up a winding path from the town of Odda. Designed by the architects at Helen & Hard, the treehouse is set 5-6 metres off the ground, accessible by a timber ramp from the slope. The structure is supported by laminated timber trusses connected to a steel collar secured around the trunk. The design is sleek yet rustic, the flat sloping roof and vast expanse of glass windows in contrast to the rounded, organic shape of the treehouse and its timber shingle cladding. The latter not only cleverly disguises the support trusses but also promises to produce a beautiful patina as it weathers. It also makes the treehouse look like a giant acorn, or perhaps a luxurious nest for squirrels.
Inside the space is compact yet well appointed, with a lounge, kitchenette, sleeping space for four as well as a toilet and shower squeezed into 15 square metres of space. The finishes are simple yet meticulous, perfect for showcasing the craftsmanship of the timber structure and the magnificent view of the fjord and mountains beyond. This is a beautifully meditative space where you can feel at one with nature; and, for a lucky young couple, where dreams come true.
For nature inspired accessories look no further than the wood effect wallpapers from NLXL, such as the Scrapwood wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek. The Vertigo wall hanger from Nomon is equally enchanting. Or what about a stately Sansevieria plant from Grace & Thorn?
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