Bloom is an operative treehouse that both, visually and experientially, embraces visitors with nature. When the tree house is closed, it is a compact cocoon that is sheltered from the elements. As each panel is opened and occupied, it completely embraces the nature that surrounds it by accentuating views upwards. It also flips the traditional notion of sitting or reading with your back against a tree; the focus is now the simple beauty of the tree itself.

This tree house separates volume and structure into two individually expressed parts. The petal-like segments, which are broken up rhythmically by the main structure, are integrated with seats that mechanically pivot backwards, transforming the tree house into a blooming flower. While laying back in these seats, the visitor can experience that breathless moment one gets while laying in the middle of a forest staring at the tree tops with the shimmering sun glowing from behind.

Connecting with nature on a personal scale is becoming increasingly rare in cities. While urban green spaces, such as Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge, offer an escape from the city, they are still connected to the urban fabric through their strong visual relationship to London. Bloom takes this idea of a getaway one step further by bringing the visitor’s focus away from the built environment to a singular experience of nature: the tree tops above and the sky beyond it. This isolated moment for pause and reflection reactivates the senses that are dulled by the experience of living in large cities, where everything is constantly competing for your attention. These escapes become integral to the appreciation of the urban experience. 

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