The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens

Architect: modus studio

Owner: University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design, Garvan Woodland Gardens

Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas

Category: Under 5,000 square feet (category three)

Nestled in a natural Ouachita Mountain hillside along Lake Hamilton at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden welcomed a new tree house to the grounds that will provide an interactive educational experience for visiting children as part of an ambitious plan to bring children back into the woods. This unique structure is a defining small project for the design team. From design to fabrication, they were able to merge their childhood-earned knowledge of the natural world with their hard-earned think, make, do philosophy. The underlying theme of dendrology drives both the form and program of the structure. The 113 fins comprising the thermalized Arkansas-sourced Southern Yellow Pine screen creates a semi-transparent and an evocative form dynamically shrouding multiple levels of spaces for children and adults alike that refocus attention to the natural wonders of the forest canopy.

Additional information

Engineer - Civil: Ecological Design Group

Engineer - Structural: Engineering Consultants, Inc.

Exhibit Designer: 3.Fromme Design

General Contractor: CDI Contractors

Jury

Kurt Weaver, AIA (Jury Chair), AKW, Inc., Cleveland, OH

Anna Ives, AIA, Patterhn Ives LLC, Saint Louis, MO

Matthew H. Griffith, AIA, In Situ Studio, Raleigh, NC

Stacey Wehe, AIA, Christner Inc., Saint Louis, MO  

Edward T. Ogosta, AIA, Edward Ogosta Architecture, Culver City, CA

Image credits

bob and sunny evans tree house - announcement image 01

Timothy Hursley

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Timothy Hursley

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Timothy Hursley

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Timothy Hursley

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Timothy Hursley