Cartoon-inspired prefab treehouse can grow taller and wider over time

Design practice Studio Precht teamed up with tiny-house
startup Baumbau to design Bert, a tiny modular
treehouse that’s expected to hit the market in spring 2020.
Inspired by the Minion films, the playful periscope-like structures
eschew hard angles and offer a livable and cozy environment with a
minimal footprint and off-grid capabilities, including built-in
solar and a water treatment facility.

  • prefabricated treehouse surrounded by trees
  • prefabricated treehouse surrounded by trees
  • bedroom near circular floor to ceiling windows with chairs in balcony
  • two circular windows with large windows
  • prefabricated treehouses
  • prefabricated treehouse surrounded by trees

prefabricated treehouse surrounded by trees

Designed as a reaction to Bauhaus-style buildings
found in cities worldwide, Bert embraces diversity and natural
materials rather than cold concrete and steel. Built with a wood
structure with fabric-lined interiors, the Bert treehouse mimics
the shape of a tree, from its rounded trunk-like body to its brown
leaf-like shingles on the facade that help camouflage the building
into the surroundings. Large glass openings immerse users in the
forest. As a modular structure, all parts of Bert will be prefabricated in a factory
and assembled on site to reduce landscape impact.


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prefabricated treehouse surrounded by trees

bedroom near circular floor to ceiling windows with chairs in balcony

“We are fully aware that architecture is this serious and
profound craft with a long culture and tradition,” says the
design team in a press statement. “You see that when we
architects find reference for our projects in art, philosophy,
literature or nature. For this project, we also looked at art to
find reference. But not at Michelangelo or Dali. Rather we looked
at cartoon characters of Sesame Street or Minions. We took a
playful look at this project and wanted to create a rather unique
character than a conventional building. A quirky looking character
that becomes part of the wildlife of a forest. I think this
quirkiness can create feelings and emotions. And maybe these are
attributes in architecture that are missing these days.”

two circular windows with large windows

prefabricated treehouses

Modeled after a tiny home, Bert offers all the basic necessities
within four floors. The entrance and living space is located on the
ground floor, a bedroom and sitting area on the second floor, the
kitchen and dining area with a secondary bedroom on the third
floor, and the bathroom on the top floor. As a modular structure,
the Bert treehouse can be
customized to the buyer’s specifications to “grow” taller and
wider with new modules, making it an ideal choice for eco-hotel
operators. The smallest Bert structure starts at 120.000€
($136,313 USD) and is expected to hit the market early next
year.

+ Studio Precht

Images via Percht

Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
Cartoon-inspired prefab treehouse can grow taller and wider over time