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A magical sanctuary in the heart of Cape Town's Constantia

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Tree House A view from the outside. Image by Adam Letch, courtesy of Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design.

Growing up, many of us dreamed of having a treehouse. And, looking at this exquisite home by Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design, those desires suddenly come rushing back. It's truly a reimagining of childhood dreams, situated in the heart of Constantia in Cape Town.

Heading up the team were architects Pieter Malan and Jan-Heyn Vorster, and designer Peter Urry, with Henry Fagan & Partners responsible for the structural engineering. They were commissioned to design a small, contemporary abode to complement the abundance of magnificent trees, as well as the existing properties on the estate (a manor house and buildings arranged along the lines of a Cape Dutch werf, or traditional Cape farmyard). The one-bedroom treehouse is perched in a small clearing, creating the sense of being cradled in the forest, while maximising views from the highest position on the site.

Tree House The structural interior maintains a natural fluidity. Image by Adam Letch, courtesy of Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design.

The materials used work seamlessly together to create an open structure with a warm atmosphere. Left completely untreated, the materials will age, further blending in with their natural surrounds as the years go by.

With the building only barely touching the ground, a suspended ramp leads into the treehouse. A plant room was constructed on the ground level and a living space created on the first floor of the building. On the second storey is a bedroom and bathroom, and just above the bedroom, on the third level, is a patio with built-in seating – an ideal spot for taking in the sylvan surrounds.

Tree House The bedroom on the second level. Image by Adam Letch, courtesy of Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design.
Tree House An effortless combination of wood, metal and glass. Image by Mickey Hoyle, courtesy of Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design.
Tree House The living space on the first level. Image by Adam Letch, courtesy of Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design.
Tree House The patio on the top level. Image by Mickey Hoyle, courtesy of Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design.