Tree House from Antigua Guatemala

Rudy Giron: &emdash; Tree House from Antigua Guatemala

I came across this tree house while scouting through the alleys of the village of San Pedro Las Huertas, Antigua Guatemala. What I found interesting was that the house made from lepa logs (lehpah me thinks). Lepa is the word we use in Guatemala for “slab wood,” the cut-off edge from when they are cutting out squared up lumber. The straight even logs yield a good quality siding that would normally be wastage. Also, I found interesting the use of smoked transparent lamina sheets, which are quite expensive in Guatemala, and how the house was built around twists of the tree branches.

I wonder what they use this tree house for; do you guys have any ideas or suggestions?

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  • El Canche

    Do we like to live among nature or do we like nature to live amongst us? Whether you do this with a simple and economical tree-house as in your picture or whether you go for something more upmarket (see attached photo from the colonial city of San Miguel Allende, Mexico), the pleasure this gives the owner is undeniable!

    • Wow Canche, what an awesome picture from San Miguel de Allende.

  • Eric

    I would have to guess that we’re looking at ‘Guate-ingenuity’ at its best. I’ve seen the use of semi-transparent lamina sheets in Solola quite extensively, to provide soft, free lighting to a room or rooms. And the use of end pieces to side the house takes advantage of the natural waterproof properties of the tree bark. Guate-ingenious, I say!