Xylotek have won a competition to build a tree house at Kew Gardens! We will be collaborating with Thomas Randall-Page and Patrick Fryer. 'Linden Thing' will become a place of refreshment and assembly, contemplation and conversation.
Inspired by the historic German Gerichtslinde, a linden tree where assemblies were held in order to restore justice and peace. Communities would gather under a lime tree to hold their meetings. It was believed that the linden tree would help unearth the truth.
The Linden Thing seeks to heighten the visitor’s appreciation of this spectacular Silver Lime; its majestic sculptural trunk, the sublime dappled light of its canopy and the heady aroma of Lime Flower Tea which will be offered inside.
We propose carefully selecting and harvesting forked branches in the forest, to create a grid of Y-shaped columns. These will support the delicate CLT slabs whilst bracing the structure, a synergy of low and high timber technologies.
Read more about the competition and other winners here: https://museumofarchitecture.org/treehouses-at-kew-competition/
Thanks to: Thomas Randall-Page, Patrick Fryer, Arup, Museum of Architecture and Kew Gardens.