An Atypical Tree House via Dwell - Tiny House Blog

An Atypical Tree House via Dwell

Ryan alerted me to this 172 square foot tree house which serves as an office and guest room that was featured in Dwell.

This office/guest house is built on an estate in Brentwood, California a suburb of Los Angeles and was designed by Rockefeller Partners Architects, Inc. I’m sure this was an expensive tree house but that information was not given.

The architects took about eight months to design the tree house. Construction of the inhabitable sculpture, with its studio and lounge, took another 18 months.

The tree house serves also as temporary guest quarters, with modern-day amenities like a daybed, a sink, a toilet, a small refrigerator, a fireplace and a microwave.

You can view more pictures and read more about the tree house over at the Dwell site.

Photo Credit: Eric Staudenmaier





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Larry - November 8, 2009 Reply

This just screams, “I’m rich enough to spend $1000/square foot on a playhouse.” The concept completely blows the benefit of building small. It’s up to each individual to decide how to spend their money, and the owner clearly has plenty to throw around. Shameful opulence and a Disney-esque design with a roof like an old San-Ann gas station with 60s swag lights to me equals ugly. What a waste of beautiful woodwork.

frank - November 8, 2009 Reply

This is great, I’d love to live in a small, high-quality space like this!

Kieran - November 8, 2009 Reply

This seems like a waste to me; however, I like the glass-window corner, and believe that would make a fine addition to some of the small houses being designed here: perhaps to the small solar house, by having that glass-window corner facing SE.

What say ye?

Antibubba - November 8, 2009 Reply

Next SoCal wildfire and that thing is GONE. Building with resinous wood? I hope his fire insurance payments are making him wince.

Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell - November 9, 2009 Reply

This made me wish I would have considered putting my office in a tree – although I we didn’t spend near as much. 🙂

Louise - November 9, 2009 Reply

I think it is gorgeous. I love the warm, rich wood with brushed metal finishes. Not all who live small do it to save money or even minimize their environmental impact. Some do it simply for the beauty of the design, and are of course free to do so.

Benjamin - November 9, 2009 Reply

Is it real? It looks like CAD to me.

    Kent Griswold - November 9, 2009 Reply

    Hi Benjamin, yes it is real, if you got to the link and look at all the photos at the Dwell site it might be better. I didn’t load them all and picked my favorites and what I thought would show it off the best…Kent

Tammy Strobel - November 10, 2009 Reply

I’m not a fan of the roof, but I love the interior and exterior. Overall, it’s a pretty cool little house. 🙂

Owen - January 2, 2010 Reply

SWEET, Thats all I need to say! Maybe someday I can see it live and up close.

Tiny Houses « slowmosey - January 30, 2011 Reply

[…] there are a ton of beautiful, well designed tiny houses out there – near works of art (like this and this and […]

Brad - April 14, 2013 Reply

It’s a house tree

Gunguru01 - May 8, 2014 Reply

I guess my question would be ………………. where is the tree? I guess I’m old fashioned but, I thought a tree house had to have a[some] tree[s]!!! Its nice and all but, what isn’t when designed and built by Rockefellers?!?!

David - July 1, 2020 Reply

Jungle tree houses spring leaks. It happens. Murphy’s Jungle Tree House Law: Water will only leak over your bed or electronics, and only when you are not at home to stop it.

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