Scotland: Hotel hopes to build treehouse inspired by Dundee’s V&A

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You soon might be able to stay in a luxury eco-treehouse resting high above the grounds of a five-star hotel in Dundee.

Taking inspiration from the city’s V&A Dundee design museum, the winners of an architecture competition run by the University of Dundee submitted a luxury eco treehouse design.

Subject to planning and approval, the treehouse will be built in the grounds of the Taypark Hotel on the city’s Perth Road.

The proposed treehouse will offer guests luxury accommodation and great views looking out across the city, River Tay, and University’s Botanical Garden.

The winning design was submitted by third year students Nicoline Spanns and Richard Stalker.

As well as seeing their design realised, the winners will also get the chance to stay in the completed treehouse over a weekend.

Nicoline said: “I used to live across the water in Fife so it was inspirational to come over the bridge every day and see this amazing building (V&A museum) rise up,” she said.

“It has very quickly become such a huge part of the city and one of the biggest selling points for Dundee.”

“It’s fun to think that people who come to Dundee to visit the V&A might end up staying in the cool little studio inspired by it that we designed.”

Richard said: “We wanted to take inspiration from elements of the whole Waterfront.”

“The floor plan and layout match that of the V&A but we also planned a pond for the grounds that represents the River Tay.”

“The access bridge will be built over the pond and represents the Tay Bridge.”

Taypark owner Richie Hawkins, a Dundee University graduate said: “I am delighted with what Richard and Nicoline came up with.”

The planning process to set to begin in the next month with hopes that the treehouse will be open in time for next summer.

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