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Situated on the Atlantic coastline of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, this grown up treehouse brings to mind castaway days. Thatch House with its slightly elevated aspect and external cladding of western red cedar and thatch is designed to let the building fade into its surroundings.

Thatch House by Brillhart Architecture is a 600 square foot outpost sitting on a bluff overlooking a private beach. The house was inspired by Hatch House built by Jack Hall in 1960 for Robert Hatch, an editor of The Nation and his wife Ruth, a painter and is itself a study in the interplay between indoor and outdoor volumes and spaces that dissolve within the landscape.

The walls of the house are covered in tongue and groove cedar panels which add warmth to the interior. The combined living room, dining room and kitchen are located in the eastern segment and enjoy expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean through a large picture window. The private areas including a bedroom and a bathroom are located in the northern sector and overlook the scrub-covered landscape of the island.

The two sections are connected by a porch that runs along the south of the building and a central, covered outdoor sitting area which offers some protection from the elements. Stairs lead up to a roof terrace and offer unobstructed 360 degree views. 


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