Eindhoven, Netherlands, March of 2021. -> Marie Verdeil and I decide to
build a treehouse. We imagine the treehouse as an experimental space, one which
invites us to question essential notions such as living together,
collaborating, inhabiting and creating society.
The first step, the collection of natural or recycled
materials, allows us to approach our urban environment and its periphery as an
ecosystem that the treehouse seeks to integrate.
During this collection, a network of relationships and
resources is established around the project.
Construction begins spontaneously. The potential for
imagination of the treehouse becomes a vector of community, and the materiality
of the treehouse becomes the pretext that invites us to think and build
This growing community of friends and relations
requires that a method for collaboration be established. Workshops are
organised where everyone brings a tool and a food item, to participate in both
the construction and life of the treehouse.
The treehouse is located in a park that is open to the
public. This particular location pushes us to think of this object as a common
that can be appropriated by all. We work on sharing the decision-making process
as we aim for a more horizontal system.
As it develops, the treehouse becomes a lively place.
From this dwelling, new needs emerge, defining the following stages of
The two platforms of the treehouse are furnished and
practicable. Events can be organised. Meals are shared there, making the
treehouse experience accessible to all.
It's a beautiful treehouse. As we embark on new
projects elsewhere, other groups make it their own.
In January of 2022, the real estate agency that owns the
park destroys the treehouse. The multiple uses of this place, which go beyond
the scope of the initial project, disturb them.
Repurposed wood, rope, branches, bolts, nuts, screws, nails. Photos by Marie Verdeil (1,4,5,7,8,9,10) and Francesca Tambussi (6).