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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.


Baumraum, Roonstrasse 49, Bremen, Germany

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Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).