Mini Treehouse Residence by NCDA

A panoramic forested context within a compact setting

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Designed to connect with its unique urban-forested surroundings, the Mini Treehouse offers a bespoke split-level design strategy with a touch of arboreal whimsy. Originally featuring a typical residential layout with a separate bedroom, living, dining and kitchen spaces arranged on a single level, the compact 370 square foot space with a 10-feet high ceiling called for a creative solution to fully utilize its volume.

▼室内概览,an overview of the interior


Removal of the single existing internal wall created an open plan lower level dedicated to living and dining alongside a galley-style kitchen with a 6-feet high ceiling, which is slightly higher than the occupant who is 5-feet 7inches. Ladder-like steps lead upstairs to a 4-feet high-elevated bedroom deck with just enough space for the occupant to sit upright while reading. A new material palette takes its cue from the verdant surroundings with the living and dining walls painted in dark blue to frame the view and provide a subtle contrast to the lush green surroundings viewed from floor-to-ceiling. Bright textured terracotta tiles line the treehouse façade, adding a touch of natural warmth. 

▼客厅、餐厅及厨房集中在6英尺高的空间,the lower level dedicated to living and dining alongside a kitchen with a 6-feet high ceiling

▼梯子连接客厅与卧室层,ladder-like steps connect the lower floor and the elevated bedroom deck


Upstairs, the intimate 40-square feet sleep space clad in natural pine wood appears to float in space while a linear bed-side window frames the forest view, reinforcing a sense of Zen-like connection with nature. A cupboard to one side of the bed is painted dark blue to merge with the lower living room half and continues the natural wood theme on the upper bedroom half to highlight the two distinct spaces.

▼带有细长窗户的小卧室层,the sleep space with a linear bed-side window


Alongside the living area is a mini garden with a sculptural Bougainvillea tree placed on a glass-sided balcony, extending views from the residence into the hillside forest while blurring the boundary between indoors and outdoors. The Mini Treehouse is an example of how small residential spaces can be used efficiently. Through integrating elements that reflect its natural surroundings, NCDA created a unique, playful sense of space that maximizes its panoramic forested context within a decidedly compact, urban setting.

▼玻璃阳台模糊了室内与室外的界线,the glazed balcony blurs the boundary between indoors and outdoors

▼设计概念,design concept

▼轴测图,axonometric drawing




Mini Treehouse Residence
Hong Kong
Interior Design:
NC Design & Architecture Ltd (NCDA)
Lead Designer:
Nelson Chow (NCDA)
William Oduor (NCDA)
Phyllis Leung (NCDA)
Dennis Lo (Dennis Lo Designs)
Catherine Shaw

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