A Treed House of Play (from scraps!), Manzo Architects, Missouri Botanical Gardens St. Louis, 2011

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Treehouses in botanical gardens typically, and appropriately, defer to the tree; refusing to damage it with traditional elevated designs.  So Manzo Architects of St. Louis designed instead a “Treed Place of Play” for a spot beneath a tulip tree at the Missouri botanic.

 ”The structure recreates the impromptu hideouts found and explored by children. Two canted L-shaped structures surround the tree, producing an enclosed play space equipped with eye-slits and hidey-holes at all heights. Relax after play by laying back to enjoy the framed view of the dappled canopy and sky above.”

Executed with scrap lumber, for just $1,000.  Huzzah!

[photos from Manzo Architects]

 

2 Responses to “A Treed House of Play (from scraps!), Manzo Architects, Missouri Botanical Gardens St. Louis, 2011”

  1. Paige Johnson said:

    Good point! This was a temporary install for a treehouse exhibition so maybe they weren’t so worried?

    January 22, 2014 at 3:38 pm

  2. jodie said:

    I like the idea of tree houses in botanical gardens but I can’t help but think this one might have misunderstood what is needed to protect a precious tree. The main problem for tree in kids playground is compaction around roots. It would be much better to create a freestanding platform or at least add a small decking to around the base of the tree. Fantastic use of recycled wood though!

    January 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm

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