Hidden in the forested hills of Northern California, the clients sought a family retreat where an extended community of family, friends and colleagues could gather. Envelope Architecture + Design wondered, what if the forest itself was the house?
Rather than a singular building, the house comprises a cluster of tent cabins—three sleeping quarters and a living-dining commons—rising into the forest canopy on stilts and linked by wood paths and gathering places. The tented roofs and walls allow a connection with the natural setting, its sounds and changing seasons. While large clear and mirrored-bronze glass windows frame views of the landscape and neighboring “rooms.” Wood-framed walls and floors lend warmth and support the comforts of modern living, deep within the forest.