The Ultimate Tree House

There’s the tree house your Dad built for you in the backyard, and then there’s the tree house Robert Harvey Oshatz built in the forests of Portland, Oregon. Designed in 1997 and completed in 2004, the Wilkinson Residence is in perfect harmony with its surroundings. Built on a steep sloping lot, the living space resides amongst the forest canopy, making your morning coffee most enjoyable. With more curves than Lombard Street, the Wilkinson Residence is a property you have to see to believe.

A lover of music, the client wanted a house that not only became part of the natural landscape but also addressed the flow of music. This house evades the mechanics of the camera; it is difficult to capture the way the interior space flows seamlessly through to the exterior. One must actually stroll through the house to grasp its complexities and its connection to the exterior. One example is a natural wood ceiling, floating on curved laminated wood beams, passing through a generous glass wall which wraps around the main living room.










Published by Larry Fire

I write an eclectic pop culture blog called THE FIRE WIRE that features articles about books, comics, music, movies, television, gadgets, posters, toys & more!

4 thoughts on “The Ultimate Tree House

  1. This of course is the most fabulous design and the most appealing home in the world to me!!!!!

    what is the square footage?? I live in Bend and travel to Portland for my work a lot. Is it possible to see it??

    My neice from Michigan sent this to me…we are planning a reunion with my sisters this summer if possible.. if you rent it out, let me know!! If not, I’d love to see it anyway!! My name is Mona klinger at 541-419-8019. Thank you for your awesome talent in this worls, and mostly, in Portland!!

  2. Hello! Did you manage to see the house? I am very interested in it too, so if you have some information would be grateful that you were contacting yourself with me.

    A greeting and thank you very much.

  3. I live in NE Portland, Oregon. And would like to know the approximate locale of The Wilkinson Residence(The “Tree House.”) For example,in the NW, or NE, or SW or SE section of Portland. My guess would be NW=somewhere near Forest Park! Beautiful work by Mr. Oshatz. TIA!

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