Creative Respite Up a Tree

May 11, 2010 by

Located at the base of a large pine tree behind a Los Angeles canyon residence, this hybrid office/studio/recreational getaway, the private place of respite for an artist and nature lover, blends beautifully into its green urban backdrop.

Though it’s only a modest 170 square feet perched twelve feet off the ground, The Banyon Drive Treehouse makes use of an efficient plan that allows for a studio/living space and toilet room.

The team, Christopher Kempel and Bridget Zimniski of Rockefeller Partners, selected the deep-oiled wood siding, mahogany windows, and a Rheinzink roof for their natural qualities and rich color palette.

Steps lead to an outdoor shower.

An office au nature.

Photography: Eric Staudenmaier


  1. Victoria Lyon said:

    I want one!!!

    — May 12, 2010 @ 05:53

  2. Barbara said:

    This is so lovely, such an efficient use of space – brilliant!

    — May 12, 2010 @ 09:14

  3. Urban Dirt Girl said:

    WOW!!! I mean WOW! I have always wanted a tree house but this is something else. Its incredible. M

    — May 12, 2010 @ 11:55

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