Fun, comfortable, unique, and yet still a vital part of the family house during the absence of guests – that’s a sure sign of a successful guest house, according to German practice Baumraum. Its versatile tree house project in a small village near Salzburg was completed in 2008. Doubling as a relaxation room and children’s playground, the structure is used all year round. The main volume of the lightweight tree house stands on eight 4.5m-high stilts, while a terrace connects it to the stairs, overlooking a small creek. The nearby trees carry most of the weight, via heavy-duty straps, steel ropes and two stilts, and the walls are insulated framework structures, lined with oak boards and with Cor-ten steel on the façade.
Over the years, Baumraum director Andreas Wenning has become expert at creating these tree house guest houses; in Austria and around the world, for private clients and theme parks. ‘The guests and our clients like the sense of playfulness and adventure attached to it, the warmth of a small space, its proximity to nature,’ Wenning explains. For anxious hosts, the tree house offers another bonus – it lends itself as the perfect conversation starter.