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A Contemporary Tree House Near Cape Town, South Africa

By Magaly Grosso


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Now that we have reached adulthood, when we hear mention of a tree house, we remember our childhoods and think of time spent in fairly small spaces, sparsely furnished, if at all, and of tiny structures coarsely built into trees in our backyards. Not so for Malan Vorster.

The Cape Town-based architectural firm has created a contemporary tree house that, once we’re inside, makes us feel like we’re right at home.

The structure, itself located in Cape Town, South Africa, is composed of four cylindrical wooden towers elevated on stilts, so created to provide the residents with views from in between the trees that surround it. Located on a slope that helps facilitate these views, the home was built for a resident of the Cape Town suburb of Constantia, who wished to have a hide-away resembling the tree houses of their childhood.

Red cedar battens cover the outside of the glass walls, which helps in creating a perfect balance between the resident’s enjoyment of the views the privileged location offers and their privacy.

View of the wooden building from in between the surrounding vegetation
View where we can see part of the interior with its wooden ceiling
Entrance to the interior through a ramp

Dining area on the terrace

Entrance to the interior through a ramp

The interior is pure elegance set against the peculiar wood and iron structure that the architects have wrought. Contemporary furnishings fill the space, making this not only a nostalgic escape, but also a comfortable home.

Spectacular interior with floors, walls, and ceiling clad in wood
Living room with view to the outside

Stairs with modern shapes, done in wood
Vista de las escaleras / View of the stairs
Details of the ceiling

Bedroom with glass railings and beautiful views to the exterior
Bathroom with walls and ceiling made of wood
Night view of the building from the exterior



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About Magaly Grosso

Magaly Grosso was born in Venezuela where she grew up and studied Advertising and Marketing. With time, she realized that what she truly wanted to dedicate herself to was Interior Design, which is why she decided to study it and devote herself to it. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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