Here’s, literally, a treehugger’s house.
It is built on a steep sloping grade which made it possible to set the main level of the house up into the tree canopy, to evoke the feeling of being in a tree house.
Extending out into the forest canopy, the recently completed Wilkinson Residence seems to disappear into its surroundings.
The musician client wanted a house that not only became part of the natural landscape but also suggested the flow of music…
…And this lovely house truly moves through the forest setting like a piece of music moving through time.
The architect explains; “The client desired a house that felt as if it were isolated in the forest and that would allow him to hear the songs of birds.”
This house evades illustration with just still camera shots; you have to walk through it to feel the way the interior space flows seamlessly through to the exterior. One must actually stroll through the house to grasp its complexities and its connection to the exterior.
“An architect is an artist, creator, logician of evolving aesthetic structures; a designer of not only the visual, but also internal space, says architect Robert Harvey Oshatz. “I see architecture as a synthesis of logic and emotion, exploring and fulfilling the dreams, fantasies and realities of my clients, to create buildings that are at peace with their environment while the occupants are at peace within.”
“I do not approach architecture from an academic or theorist outlook, but rather see each individual project as a new experience. This works best for me. I have no desire to paint a canvas the same way twice.
Every work of architecture has an idea behind it. Every site and every client is uniquely individual and when one sees that the inspiration or source of an architectural idea is within the fusing of these two components; it follows that there is no shortage of ideas. Rather than the vain search for an idea, I am always hopeful that tomorrow will bring a new project and new ideas to explore.”
“I enjoy new problems to solve. Whether they are complicated or simple problems makes no difference to me. I try to do the best that I am capable of in a particular movement in time. I do not try to be different for the sake of being different. If I am different, it is to make a difference.”
Images via the architect