The Ultimate Treehouse

Here’s a neat little project that plays into my childhood memories. Featured in Herman Miller’s recent LifeWork e-newsletter, this treetop office and living space caught my eye.

According to the Architectural Digest Web site, the 1,500-sq.-ft., treetop library and writing studio project (2008) is the handiwork of New York-based architect Andrew Berman. Designed for a critic and historian who desired a peaceful secluded space in which to work, the studio is located at the threshold of an open field and a wood, adjacent to the client’s Long Island home.

The east façade (the building’s front) is no more than a single, 3-ft.-wide by 12-ft.-high, wood-framed glass door; while the south and north façades angle out. The resulting V-shaped structure contains a double-height entrance hall and stair, bathroom, and kitchen. The rear half of the structure, where Berman situated the study and entertainment areas, takes on a trapezoidal form. Much of the second floor is cantilevered, which not only minimizes the building’s intrusion on the landscape but also establishes a covered patio space on the ground level.

In the concrete-floored entrance hall, Berman instilled a homey warmth with Douglas fir woodwork and a skylight that spans the full width of the 17-ft.-high ceiling, draws the eye up to the study. At the rear elevation, a massive window wall reveals part of the study, which floats over the forest floor.'

What other interesting or alternative office spaces have you seen? Share your top offices with us in the comments below.

–Lindsey Collier

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