Quiet Mark Treehouse
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Treehouse specialists Blue Forest have been in touch with some details of their fabulous design for The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (July 8-13). It's been put together in conjunction with John Lewis. “This year's show will focus on the themes of ‘Grow, inspire and escape’ and the treehouse will reinforce these ideas," said Simon Paye, director at Blue Forest. "The extraordinary stand-alone treehouse concept was inspired by the shape of a small copse of oak trees. Its bold contemporary design can be installed independently of a host tree yet still provides the user with the feeling that they are high in the tree tops looking down on the world below.” Suspended above the ground, 26 huge laminated timber ribs surround the treehouse like the canopy of an ancient tree. Each of the 6m high timber ribs is finished with a sustainable timber product called Kebony, a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood. At ground level, three primary trunks formed from 48 interlocking timber fins support the cocoon-like creation. Each of the fins has been stained dark brown to match the external cladding of the building, reflecting the natural bark of trees. After the show it will be donated to The Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice in West Sussex. The treehouse is 9m tall, 6m wide and 10m long, with a floor space of 46m2. The main platform stands 4m above the ground. The entire structure weighs 25 tonnes, and it will need to be assembled by a 45 tonne crane. Quiet Mark is the not-for-profit trading arm of the Noise Abatement Society charity which is campaigning for quieter technology in the office and at home. -------------------------------------------------------- Friday posts are sponsored by Warwick Buildings , manufacturers of outstanding quality timber buildings. Click here for more information.