Architect George Clarke has lifted the lid on his extraordinary tree house project right here in the award-winning Kielder Water & Forest Park.
In October 2013, TV viewers were able to watch the Sky Den’s progress on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.
On Thursday 12 December 2013 Sunderland-born George finally unveiled the finished design of his accessible tree house, sited at Calvert Kielder within the award-winning Kielder Water & Forest Park.
Created in collaboration with designer William Hardie, the Sky Den features a triangular pod with a spectacular opening roof, revealing the darkest night skies in the whole of England.
Budding astronomers are able to lie back and revel in the star-studded skies of Kielder Water & Forest Park which, together with Northumberland National Park, has been awarded Europe’s largest Gold Tier Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Skies Association. (Find out more about Northumberland Dark Sky Park).
George’s project ‘shaped’ up well – made up of another two pods, guests will be able to choose from viewing the forest inside the unusual circular shelter, heated by a wood burning stove, to relaxing in the square room with its innovative furniture they can pull from the walls to build themselves.
Speaking about the Sky Den, George said: “We’ve never designed anything like it before. Its part tree house, part art installation and can offer a unique experience on a unique site.”
Calvert Kielder, where the Sky Den is located, is a charity which helps people with disabilities to achieve their potential through outdoor activities.
Peter Cockerill, Calvert Kielder Chief Executive, said: “This innovative and accessible amazing space goes against the usual expectations of a tree house and realises our vision of people with disabilities sharing in life’s opportunities”.
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