Treehouse in leaf-shape of groups of three to five, similar yet different, are scattered in between the gaps among the beach-side forest connected by an elevated pedestrian system. Floating among leaves and branches with shadowy views of sunshine and ocean, “treehouse” looks like a romantic attempt in dwelling design, but in fact is an experiment by OPEN architecture to reflect on the ancient subject: the co-existence between man and nature. The actual proposition of the project is seaside villas for the NetDragon company executives.
In 2009, OPEN was invited to join a competition for the masterplan of the Netdragon Headquarters and Supporting Facilities. Along the ocean, the site is a vast virgin beach with beautiful sceneries. There was a dense windbreak along the shore, but due to farming and development in the recent years, some parts of the forest have been destroyed. The original concept proposed by OPEN, which was also carried out in the subsequent design proposals, is to build in a way that minimizes its impact on the environment and facilitate harmonic co-existence between human and nature.