The Enchanting Nest By Studio Shanil Evokes Surreal Experience


The treehouse is reminiscent of a castle high above, evoking sensations of climbing a tree and stepping into a castle at the same time. One step I take I am on a tree and the next, I am inside the castle. 

Reimagining the concept of a dwelling on a tree with multiple volumes, the ‘nests’, transport the visitor to a different world, offering unique views in each of them as they are articulated in different angles to capture the most of the natural setting. While the view from one nest opens to a flowing stream beneath with beautiful flowers lining the banks, a lush field of fresh green grass curved by the land is witnessed from another nest. A framed view to the castle is seen from the next – each of the volumes offering a uniquely different experience. The exploration does not stop here; the roof of one nest becomes a terrace of the next and the journey continues on the open rooftop to satiate the dream voyage.


Fantasy and reality intertwine in this creation for an escape into a surreal experience. The visitor relives the joyful moments of climbing a tree and arrives at the fantasy world of a castle and living there in moments of stillness, creating connections of nature and soul. The shifting nature of time and space is captured with all its enchanting beauty and the fantasy evoking mystiques with real timber and people, landscaped by the different settings the treehouse can be installed in. The modular design aspect brings this versatility to the treehouse, making it possible to be assembled in various contexts. The local challenges are not only overcome with the highly adaptable nature of the design but also are used as an opportunity with the dynamic possibilities that it offers. The modularity of volumes and branching organizational principle allows the module 1 and 2 to offer a similar experience in all sense yet makes the manufacturing process modular, and efficient.





Competition: Treehouse module | Year: 2020

Awarded Finalists Mention – Top 30

Organized by YAC – Young Architects Competition

Competition website:  


Built-up Volume: Module 01 – 65 m³ | Module 02 – 100 m³   

Location: France

Client: Dartagnans

Team: Studio Shanil

Members: Shanil Riyaz & Maria Eapen  

Photography with courtesy of Studio Shanil


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