Playful Dining: Yellow Treehouse Restaurant in New Zealand
The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant is located in Auckland, New Zealand and was designed by architects Peter Eising and Lucy Gauntlett from Pacific Environments Architects. There is room at the tables for 18 people in this original looking restaurant (plus the waiters); the kitchen and facilities are situated on the ground. Access is provided by a 60 meter tree-top ‘accessible’ walkway, a creative way for the guests to enter the restaurant. What we absolutely love about this structure (taking aside its shell-like form) is the fact that it blends in perfectly in its environment.
Here is more on the design idea from the architects: The concept is driven by the ‘enchanted’ site which is raised above an open meadow and meandering stream on the edge of the woods. The tree-house concept is reminiscent of childhood dreams and playtime, fairy stories of enchantment and imagination . It’s inspired through many forms found in nature -the chrysalis/cocoon protecting the emerging butterfly/moth, perhaps an onion/garlic clove form hung out to dry. It is also seen as a lantern, a beacon at night that simply glows yet during the day it might be a semi camouflaged growth, or a tree fort that provides an outlook and that offers refuge.The plan form also has loose similarities to a sea shell with the open ends spiralling to the centre . It’s the treehouse we all dreamed of as children but could only do as an adult fantasy. (photos:Lucy Gauntlett, via Contemporist)