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Elizabeth's Tree House Wins Architecture MasterPrize

The dining hall designed for Barretstown Serious Fun Camp has won an Architecture MasterPrize in the Recreational Architecture category.

The Architecture MasterPrize is one of the most comprehensive architectural programs today, with the mission to recognize the most innovative, creative and inspiring architectural projects from all over the world. The Architecture MasterPrize jury panel which consists of esteemed architects, industry professionals and academics considered entries from 68 countries in 41 categories across the disciplines of architecture, interior design and landscape design.


A somewhat forgotten woodland at the heart of the Barretstown site offered a rare opportunity to locate the new dining pavilion ‘floating’ amongst a stand of existing oak trees. Using the modest ‘treehouse’ as a concept, the building evolved into an enchanted portal, weaving through and around the forest.

The new larger building is a dynamic sustainable and open building, located centrally in the existing campus of buildings in a strategic location along the courtyard street, adjacent to the existing walled garden and nestled within the existing trees. The new building is 893 sq m and was complete in November 2016.

Click here to see the project page.

Martin Spillane