Check out these stunning pieces of oak design and architecture that we’re absolutely crushing on at the moment:
Forty-One Oaks in California
A home named after the exact number of oak trees that can be found on the property – we’re already sold. And that was before we discovered that Field Architecture‘s main aim was to design and build a home that was perfectly attuned to its setting amongst glorious Californian woodland.
The home is intended t0 be a continuation of the landscape, and exterior walls are wrapped in concrete, cedar and expanses of glass, to completely allow the inside to flow into the interior. The architects say that the trees formed the foundation of this material palette. “The concrete elements take on the strong verticality of tree trunks, and the steel, horizontal, cantilevered canopies shelter with the same grace as sloping branches – an architectural echo of the form of the oak tree.”
Read more about the incredible oak design of this house – including how microclimates in the area help to maximise thermal management, and the fact that the team sought to minimise the destruction of animal habitat – in this dezeen.com article.
An oak reading room in North London
Now this looks like a room where we could spend a few hours relaxing! This spacious and light filled extension acts as the perfect study and reading room, and is an addition to the original 1950s house. Oak design plays a big part of the build – oak desks, shelving and storage have all been carefully integrated into the design, as well as internal oak lining. The original house is brick with timber detailing around the windows, so oak timber cladding and glass was chosen to compliment these features.
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This Century-old oak supports a treehouse guest room!
An actual treehouse that’s been built around the trunk of a 100 year old oak tree? We LOVE it!
Paris-based Atelier Lavit built this treehouse in Raray, France, and it forms part of the Cabanas des Grands Chênes, a collection of elevated guest cabins set in the grounds of the Château de Raray hotel.
The design is based on the criss-crossing timbers on a bird’s nest, keeping in with the natural theme. The octagonal floor plan is shaped around the trunk of the century-old oak, and guests gain access to the suite via a timber walkway that sits 10 metres above ground.
A wooden ladder has been placed next to the central trunk, inviting guests to climb up to a roof terrace. The interior of the treehouse has been lined with a pale poplar wood to lend a bright, spacious charm to the room.
Take a look at more stunning snaps here. Now that’s what we call design with oak in mind!