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The Bob and Sunny Evans Tree House

Photo by Timothy HursleyGarvan, a division of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, opened the Bob and Sunny Evans Tree House within the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden in July, 2018. The Tree House "floats" in a small group of pines and oaks, bending easily between them. The theme of dendrology, the study of trees and wooded plants,  drives both the form and program of the structure, designed by Fayetteville-based architects modus studios.

As modus states, the tree house is designed to provide an interactive educational experience for visiting children as part of an ambitious plan to bring children back into the woods. The tree house uses a rich visual and tactile environment to stimulate the mind and body to strengthen connections back to the natural world, while accommodating the needs of all users.

The underlying theme of dendrology, the study of trees and wooded plants, drives both the form and program of the structure. The 113 fins comprising the thermalized Arkansas-sourced Southern Yellow Pine screen creates a semi-transparent and an evocative form dynamically shrouding multiple levels of spaces for children and adults alike that refocus attentiPhoto by Timothy Hursleyon to the natural wonders of the forest canopy. The mysterious form, creative play of shadow and light and sound, exploration of material, and adventure that the Tree House provides creates a new experience within the Ouachita Forest among native pines and oaks.