Contemporary Architecture... Among the Trees

by Nick in Architecture

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The American architect Robert Harvey Oshatz, advocate of organic architecture, designed unique projects that relate to the environment by the manner in which they were built.

The Wilkinson Residence is a fine example in this regard. The house was built on wooded land, on an abrupt slope, thus making it possible for the elevation of the living area to match that of the leaf canopy. It creates the illusion of living in a tree house.

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The owner, a music aficionado, wanted a house that was not only in harmony with the environment, but also 'touched' by its music. The result is this house, whose interior organically expands to the exterior, where curve lines are ubiquitous, natural and warm nuances are visually connected to the green foliage through the large and generous windows. The same foliage filters out the sunrays during summer.

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The first level, containing three bedrooms and a bathroom, is situated under the canopy, thus making it a more private and intimate space.

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On the upper level, the common room - an open space made of a living room, kitchen, and eating area - has access to a spectacular terrace that seems to be floating among the branches. The wooden ceiling is supported on curved beams made of laminated wood.

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