Treehouse is a self-built pavilion.
Treehouse is an archetypical hut that connects architecture to
nature by establishing a dialogue between the two.
Treehouse is a Microcosmos, an Existenz Minimum.

Treehous has a downstairs, opened to the surrounding lands-
cape and an upstairs that turns inwards.

Treehouse is a landmark, a lighthouse for travellers that need
protection for the night.
Treehouse will be used to share, meditate, play, sing, sleep,
make or simply express unity with the primordial world.

Treehouse pays tribute to Gottfried Semper and the four ele-
ments of architecture: hearth, roof, enclosure, mound.

Project Narrative

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

- Henry David Thoreau

After a long walk through the forest, I saw a steeple pointing through the trees. Coming closer, it turned out to be a wooden cabin for lost travelers. I had to bend myself forwards to get underneath the structure. Sitting in the shade provided by the spire, I looked upwards and saw a round hole, the entrance to the roof. With the help of a rope ladder that hung from deep inside the structure, I pulled myself up to enter the roof. I found myself in a space like no other, a wooden pyramid with the soft light of the forest shining through its top. I decided to leave my heavy bags on the roof’s floor before adventuring up even higher. Up above, I found a hamac hanging in the middle of the elongated space. Without hesitation, I plunged into it and, suspended in space as I was, I felt safe from the foes of the forest. A warm feeling of comfort and protection went through my body and I allowed myself to fall into a long and deep slumber.


frundgallina are an awarded practice, led by architects Jean-Claude Frund and Antonio Gallina. Born in 1971, they have known each other since childhood. After their studies at the HES in Fribourg (1991 to 1994) and a couple of years travelling and gaining professional experience, they decided to establish their own architecture practice in Neuchâtel in 1998. This is due to a series of private projects, but also, at the same time, thanks to their participation to public competitions where they are able to achieve several first prizes which then brought to different built constructions. Their approach is not interested by the spectacular and favours an architecture that reacts intuitively and ingeniously to its surrounding context. Their awareness of their environmental responsibility is supported by a creative and sensible design process. frundgallina is committed to develop projects coherently whilst always trying to surpass their client’s expectations.
Our team for the project will consist of three project managers - Aziz, Francesco and Pascal - supported by Antonio and Jean-Claude.


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