Small Home of the Year 2022: The Treehouse by Thomas Lawley

The Treehouse is the 2022 Small Home of the Year, and was highly commended in the Green Home of the Year category.

On a previously farmed patch of land at the base of Mt Taranaki, macrocarpa trees originally planted to provide shelter for animals become the basis for a new type of shelter — a treehouse of sorts, an artist’s studio, a tiny home; a playful, versatile structure of soul and stature. 

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While planning to bring down his childhood tree house, an arts and engineering student enlists his engineer father to rebuild it bigger, better, and almost entirely from recycled materials. The result manages to retain the fun and carefree essence of the typology while upping the comforts and re-igniting the magic intrinsic in such spaces. Every detail and design choice has been carefully considered and crafted, making this an absolute joy to visit.

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