Baumraum's tree houses are not what you would expect to find in a quiet city street dotted with family houses. Instead of tearing down trees to build a standard suburban house, Andreas Wenning takes full advantage of the existing natural structures to provide alternative accommodation within the woodland canopy. The cabins, built for an enterprising Berlin family, offer overnight or longer term stays. How do you fancy swopping your city apartment for a room among the leaves?
In a tranquil woodland building plot next to Berlin’s popular Krumme Lanke Lake, these urban treehouses provide everything you need for a comfortable retreat within a compact 28m2 structure, 4m up within the forest canopy.
The Baumraum design for the Urban Treehouses in Quermatenweg, Krumme Lanke, fuses natural with urban. The houses are built of solid wood and covered with a sculptural metal facade, as a reference to the surrounding environment. The architect invites the treehouse dweller to consider how they want to live and what they need to be happy, is smaller simpler? more relaxing? does being closer to nature give you more strength or make you more relaxed? What is luxury – more or less ‘stuff’’? The experience of small space living is sure to influence anyone who spends the night.
Deliberately not built on greenfield land, but in an urban setting, a residential area is created that lies exactly between city life and nature. There are plenty of opportunities to engage with normal everyday life via visits to the bakery, restaurant or beer garden around the corner and a chance to retreat, play and see the everyday from a distance, to enjoy immersion within trees, insects, birds and sky.
The Bremen based architect Andreas Wenning is one of the world’s leading tree house architects. What started as a private passion, is now a professional success story. His architectural firm Baumraum has realized over 50 striking and individual tree houses and continues to make magic amongst the branches.