Tree House by Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design

Inspired by the trees on the estate, the client requested a cabin-like, one bedroomed hide-away resembling a tree house. The structure is located in a small clearing amongst forest-like gardens, and respond similarly to the verticality of the surrounding trees in order to maximize views from the highest portion of the site.

Inspiration was drawn from the timber cabins of Horace Gifford and Kengo Kuma’s notions of working with the void or in-between space, while Louis Kahn’s mastery of pure form and the detailing ethic of Carlo Scarpa informed a process of geometric restraint and handcrafted manufacturing.


Project Info
Architects: Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Lead Architects: Pieter Malan, Jan-Heyn Vorster
Manufacturers: western red cedar, COR-TEN, Hakwood
Area: 117.0 m2
Year: 2016
Type: Residential
Photographs: Adam Letch, Mickey Hoyle