THIS LUXURY TREE HOUSE IS PROOF THAT HIGH-TECH CAN ALSO BE WHOLLY ORGANIC
While it appears to be completely open to the elements, Synergy Tree House can be put into full lockdown at the touch of a button, thanks to automatic frameless glass doors and integrated shutters.
CASE STUDY: SYNERGY TREE HOUSE, SCARBOROUGH, CAPE TOWN
This luxury tree house is proof that high-tech can also be wholly organic. Situated amid the gnarled boughs and boulders of its coastal setting, it is the last word in automated enterprise. Bound on three sides by frameless glass walls (framelessglasspartners.co.za) that open up completely to stupendous sea views, the house can just as easily be put into full lockdown mode thanks to automated shutters (acscreens.co.za) with adjustable slats. The blinds throughout are remote controlled, as are the TVs that lift from discreet boxes at the foot of each bed (above). Also adjustable from the soft-touch access panel is striking water feature, together with the pool pump and lights (eaglelighting.co.za), and even the coffee machine. In the kitchen which features Smeg appliances, cooking odours are eliminated thanks to an automated extractor fan that slides from the counter when activated. Manager India Rostad sums up the bipolar appear: ‘While guests have the latest smart-home gadgetry at their fingertips, it is so inconspicuously integrated into Synergy’s design that they feel immersed in nature.’