For many, the words “treehouse”, “hideout” and “hideaway” all trigger happy childhood memories. Whether it’s a few planks resting along the branches of a tree in the back garden, or a cavernous shrub that’s just the right size for hosting an imagined tea party, the joy of owning a private space in nature is a universal one for kids.
Surely there must be a way of salvaging these constructions that brought us so much joy from the depths of nostalgia?
Fortunately, thanks to modern treehouse design, such spaces are becoming more and more popular. And there’s no need to feel bashful either: with a treehouse office, or music studio cabin, hideouts aren’t just a nostalgic throwback – they can serve real purpose.
Architecturally ambitious constructions brought into existence through a sheer force of imagination and will – yes, there are definite similarities between the makeshift dens of our early years and the professional ones being made now. But most probably didn’t have a vision quite as specific as, say, a yoga retreat.
With modern treehouse design, you can re-engage with those bygone fantasies of forts in the forest but give them real definition. Simon Payne, founder of UK tree house specialist architects Blue Forest says: “the beauty of modern tree houses is that they can both fulfil our desires for escapism while serving real functions”.
In this case, the yoga cabin is nestled in a verdant landscape, just as any hideout should be, but it also has the interior to rival a modern gym. It’s not the most obvious pairing in the world, but then again neither is fire with ice and yet a campfire on an icy evening can be glorious.
Rustic on the outside, modern on the inside