Houses are often built around a view, a lake or another landscape feature … so why not a tree? Built under and around a massive ash, the lines and planes of this tree house structure by Standard respond to this tree that is central to the design yet never touches the structure.


During the day, the tree provides natural shade but allows sun onto the thrust deck that faces south and overlooks the Los Angeles basin below. The clean, wrapping horizontal lines of the building contrast with the speckled shadows and asymmetrical vertical forms of the tree.


From each possible angle, the tree and house exist as counterpoints to one another but also collaborators – the volumes closest to the tree are clad in wood while those behind and below are concrete.


Naturally, the tree is also a key element of the interior views – it is framed by the windows but also informs the perspective, providing a foreground element to the distant background cityscape far below.