Located on the grounds of the 100-acre Harewood Estate, in West Yorkshire, this treehouse is designed to show a more biodiverse way of managing the UK’s woods.
Sebastian Cox designed the raised cabin, which is part of the Harewood Biennial. This year’s theme is Radical Acts: Why Craft Matters.
The furniture designer wants to spark conversations around woodland management and has designed a new strategy for the Harewood Estate that includes adding smaller species and encouraging brambles and herbs to grow so life on the woodland floor can thrive.
Cox worked with treehouse experts Root and Shoot to build Sylvascope, knitting narrow strips of larch together for its woven walls, and using wider pieces for the base of the drum-shaped structure.
Sylvascope is directly attached to the surrounding trees and is accessed by a wooden ladder. The treehouse is punctuated by three windows, situated to look over the three ‘zones’ of Cox’s woodland management plan.