Wood Disk Camouflage Foliage

Wood disc camouflage net

Treehouses are a wonderful way to integrate a small private space within a natural wooded environment. However, due to the often ‘grey-area’ nature of such structures in a legal sense, most treehouses are clandestine endeavors that rely on a low profile to survive. Building high up in the trees offers some benefits in terms of security and remaining out-of-sight; however, the one weak point has always been visibility from the ground.

When I found this project by Jwalant Mahadebwala of andblack studio and Rooshad of rooshadSHROFF architecture — who designed and created this piece for a workshop at CEPT university in Ahmedabad, India — I immediately recognized it as an elegant method of creating beauty and concealment rather than using military surplus plastic camouflage nets.

The pair of designers were posed with the task of designing and manufacturing a shade canopy utilizing recycled wooden parts within 72 hours. What you see here incorporates 7000 cylindrical wooden discs with holes along the perimeter and bound by 26,000 staple pins. After 384 person hours of labor, the result is an expansive, light and flexible wooden foliage camouflage net.

The piece may be readily suspended between multiple trees and can serve as a shading device, creating a pattern play of light and shadow on surfaces below, and as a way to obscure direct line of sight to any part of the treehouse from the ground.

The wood discs are durable, visually effective, naturally sourced, and congruent with the ethos of treehouse building. And, it has the potential to be incorporated into the tree house design as a beautiful functional aesthetic element without looking like a crude attempt at hiding the structure — like an implied ‘guilty confession’ that the treehouse itself is somehow an offense.