Situated on a forested slope in Windermere, British Columbia, Canada, this 100-square-foot (9.3-square-metre) A-frame treehouse was designed by Studio North in 2017. Immersed in the tree canopy 9 (2.7 metres) feet off the ground, with its peak at 20 feet (6.1 metres) above the ground, Birdhut can house two people, 12 varieties of birds and other “inquisitive critters come by to visit”.
The hut is nestled in a cross braced structure built of sturdy lodgepole pines foraged from a nearby forest recently ravaged by fire. The platform and cladding for the hut is made of planks reclaimed from an old cabin deck. The front facade is clad with western red cedar shingles cut with a custom rounded profile, the radius which were determined by the size of the birdhouse opening and the width of each shingle. To give a sense of being in the canopy of the trees, the roof of the birdhut disappears with clear 8mm polycarbonate panels. As a result, the space is passively heated by the sun, acting as a kind of greenhouse that is passively ventilated by two circle windows that punctuate the facade and the entry. A bridge connects the birdhut to the hillside and a stone path leads down to a natural spring and campfire.
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Photographs by Mark Erickson
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