This Jungle Treehouse Apes Trees
This amazing open-air bedroom could only be in the tropics. Full length windows slide all the way back to make sleeping completely open to the air.
The contemporary treehouse in Nigeria is audacious in its embrace of completely open air architecture throughout, with a roof that hovers above the structure itself. So, what does hold the roof up?
The amusing idea of the house is that the roof canopy is supported by the “tree trunks” like the top of a tree — and is entirely unsupported by walls.
In fact, some the interior spaces do have glass clerestory windows, but their generous proportions, and the fact that they continue around the entire house, gives the impression that the open balcony continues throughout.
Both wood and metal are used sparingly, to define a structure that refers to a canopy of trees above.
The kitchen is spacious, but spartan, at the far end of the upper floor which spans from the open balcony at the front, continues through the open stairways to the lower floor, the living space and art gallery, and ends here at the kitchen at the back.
On the middle floor suspended underneath are the bedroom and bathroom, still close to the adjacent jungle.
These afford the opportunity for a bath luxuriating in the open air, yet in complete privacy.
On the ground floor is just the garage, and a cool sliver of a lap pool. The exterior is clad in blue slate tiles and a chalky white limestone cools the feet as you enter the water. Above can be seen the bedroom and bathroom.