Students from BA (Hons) Surface Design and BA (Hons) Interior Design at London College of Communication (LCC) are collaborating with the National Trust to design a contemporary take on a tree house. Taking inspiration from Polesdon Lacey, a National Trust property set in the heart of Surrey, (and childhood memories of tree climbing adventures) the students will work collaboratively to produce designs for the perfect treetop abode.


Last month the project was launched with a site visit to Polesdon Lacey, where the students were shown around key areas with potential for a treehouse installation.  Use of local sustainable materials were discussed including a surplus of cherry and larch, and a thorough introduction to the habits and characteristics of previous owners only added to the inspirational starting points this project offers the students.


LCC course tutors will work with the National Trust in assessing the designs for their sustainability and aesthetic merit as well as their consideration of interactive media, spatial and material issues and functionality.

Photojournalism student Alastair Johnstone kindly agreed to document the visit and as the project develops keep an eye on the LCC blog for updates, designs and tree house building.



Are you interested in aspects of both Surface Design and Interior Design? Why not check our new course BA (Hons) Spatial Design  launching in September 2013, which will combine elements of both.