Unlike other treehouses that we’ve seen before, this one by Malan Vorster has its own structural support and actually mimics what a typical such house would do. Perched among the trees of the surrounding forrest, the Paarman house gives its owners the feeling of being inside the tree canopies and opens up spectacular views of the distant hills. The project is located in Cape Town’s Constantia region which is famous for its wine producing scenic landscapes. Similar to California’s Napa Valley, the region is filled with wine estates and has become a popular tourist destination.
Malan Vorster’s aim was to respond to the surroundings of the house and to maximize the views from the site
Four cylindrical volumes are suspended from central columns while Corten steel rings support the floors and ceilings of the structure. The main living area of the house is on the first level with each of the cylinders serving a different function. One encloses the patio and the others the dining alcove and main staircase. Open and closed volumes, achieved through the use of vertical slats give the house a sense of porousness and immateriality.
The cedar cladding panels are intentionally left untreated. The architect’s goal was for the materials to weather over time and thus blend the house with its surroundings.
The bedroom is perched on the uppermost floor, amidst the tree canopies
The rooftop terrace which is located on the level above, is laid out with outdoor furniture and a large dining table.