Casa No Muro, a treehouse without a tree

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casa no muro-arquitectura-architecture-more-with-less (1)If the budget, tools and environment aren’t the right ones when facing a new project, get creative. To design Casa No Muro, Martial Marquet and France-based studio Saperlipopette Les Architectes teamed up with the clients, local craftsmen and the neighbours and the result is a dream-worthy treehouse that blends ingenuity and creativity.

casa no muro-arquitectura-architecture-more-with-less (2)casa no muro-arquitectura-architecture-more-with-less (3)It all began with a promise. The clients’ children asked their parents for a treehouse, but unfortunately the only tree overhanging the garden was on the neighbouring land. To answer the children request to build the dreamed cabin, the architects chose to perch the treehouse on the concrete fence-wall along the edge of the garden after noticing the omnipresence of the wall and its role as the limit of the kids’ playground.

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The architects decided to have minimal intervention on the interior of Casa No Muro to let the children feel free to appropriate the space by themselves

casa no muro-arquitectura-architecture-more-with-less (10)Casa No Muro is accessible using a ladder, giving occupants the impression of climbing as they ascend into the first section of the rampart-like construction. Arbre, as the first segment is named, is followed by a short walkway that leads to Cabane, the house-like section of Casa No Muro, clad in pinewood boards that let the light get in but preserves enough intimacy for the kids to play. Cabane can be opened up by pushing up on the roof with the help of pneumatic jacks, making the treehouse even more playful.

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Exiting the cabin, a walkway named Passerelle leads to Belvedere, a large height platform that looks out over the surrounding landscape of oaks and pine trees.

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Spaced along the length of Casa No Muro, V-shaped elements hold up the catwalk above. Fishing nets are attached to the structure in order to keep the children safe.

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Photography is by Fernando Guerra

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