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New Zealand’s Whimsical Yellow Treehouse Restaurant Towers Above The Redwood Forest

Posted By Daniel Flahiff On April 7, 2014 @ 11:36 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,Treehouses | 11 Comments

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The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant [2] by New Zealand based Pacific Environments Architects Ltd. [2] (PEL) is a stunning architectural feat perched high above a redwood forest. Appearing for all the world like an enormous chrysalis grafted onto a 40-meter-high redwood tree, the project is constructed of plantation poplar slats, redwood balustrading milled at the site, and it makes extensive use of natural lighting [3] throughout.

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When approached by the Yellow Pages [4] to design a treehouse, PEL [2] jumped at the chance. “The tree-house concept is reminiscent of childhood dreams and playtime, fairy stories of enchantment and imagination,” say PEL. “It’s the treehouse we all dreamed of as children but could only do as an adult fantasy.” The project is indeed magical, located on a rise near the edge of a wood overlooking a stream. The eighteen seat cafe—10m wide and 12m high, with kitchen and lavatories on the ground—is sure to be a hit, but sustainability questions remain.

While we love the organic design of the treehouse [5] and applaud its unique integration into the landscape, we wonder just how ‘green’ the project really is. Yes, glulam [6] beams are often a great, renewable choice for green building with less waste and a smaller carbon footprint than steel or concrete. And when building with wood, local harvesting and milling produces the smallest footprint possible. With architectural merits like these, what’s to complain about?

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The question is an ongoing architect’s dilemma; is a client’s political, ethical, religious and/or environmental affiliation important? The Yellow Pages [4] is a case-in-point. The treehouse project is part of a large-scale marketing effort by Yellow Pages [7] to promote their services. The campaign includes a spokes-model [8], a blog [9], live webcam [10], contests [11], and more. Nothing wrong with a little publicity, right?

However, every year in the United States alone 500 million directories [12] are printed—enough for nearly 2 books for every person [12] in the country—that’s 9 million trees [12] harvested, 1.6 billion pounds of paper [12] consumed, 7.2 million barrels of oil [12] spent in processing, and so on. The E.P.A. [13] estimates that directories account for up to 5% of total landfill waste. Should this make a difference to an architect? We think it should. What do you think?

+ Pacific Environments Architects Ltd. [14]

+ Yellow Treehouse [7] + Yellow Pages Goes Green [15]

Via World Architecture News [16]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/19/yellow-treehouse-restaurant-by-pacific-environments-architects/

[2] Yellow Treehouse Restaurant: http://www.pacificenvironments.co.nz/newsarticles/index_dynamic/containerNameToReplace=Middle/focusModuleID=3655/overideSkinName=newsArticle-full.tpl

[3] natural lighting: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/24/som-cathedral-of-christ-the-light/

[4] Yellow Pages: http://yellow.co.nz/index.jsp

[5] treehouse: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/12/baumraum-magnolia-and-pine-treehouse/

[6] glulam: http://www.apawood.org/glu_level_b.cfm?content=prd_glu_main

[7] large-scale marketing effort by Yellow Pages: http://www.yellowtreehouse.co.nz/#

[8] spokes-model: http://www.yellowtreehouse.co.nz/#/Meet-Tracey/

[9] blog: http://www.yellowtreehouse.co.nz/#/Traceys-Blog/

[10] webcam: http://www.yellowtreehouse.co.nz/#/See-Whats-Happening/

[11] contests: http://www.yellowtreehouse.co.nz/#/Win-A-Table/

[12] 500 million directories: http://www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org/about.html

[13] E.P.A.: http://www.epa.gov/ebtpages/wastes.html

[14] + Pacific Environments Architects Ltd.: http://www.pacificenvironments.co.nz

[15] + Yellow Pages Goes Green : http://www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org/index.html

[16] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=10637

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