Located in the heart of the Beaminster Conservation Area in West Dorset, ‘The Lodge’ comprises three contemporary timber pods, each linked via glazed connections.
Nestled within an elevated wooded site, each pod has an external terrace and pergola above. The external spaces are formed around mature oak trees giving a real sense of a house in the trees.
The whole site is covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) so WDA designed a structural post system, to minimise the impact on tree roots during and after construction and successfully gain planning approval.
The roof structure was designed to be strong enough to withstand, the impact of branches which might fall from the massive oaks.
Original concept sketches produced for planning submission.
Over time, the planting and vegetation has matured, partially obscuring and screening the tree house from view, while enhancing privacy for the occupants. The cedar cladding, bright when new, weathers down to a mellow natural silver grey.
Photography Chesterton Humberts
Completion Date 2012
The building and landscape matured