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Quiet Treehouse offers visitors the chance to get away from it all

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March 17, 2014

The Quiet Treehouse is currently installed at this year's Ideal Home Show in Earl's Court,...

The Quiet Treehouse is currently installed at this year's Ideal Home Show in Earl's Court, London (Photo: Blue Forest)

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Luxury treehouse manufacturer Blue Forest has teamed up with noise abatement specialist Quiet Mark and UK retailer John Lewis to produce the Quiet Treehouse. Constructed for this year's Ideal Home Show, the cosy retreat packed with noise-reduction technology and low-noise home appliances. Once the show is over, it will be installed in the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, West Sussex.

The Quiet Treehouse project was brought about when Quiet Mark, the non-profit trading arm of the Noise Abatement Society charity, approached Blue Forest to design a treehouse for this year's Ideal Home Show currently being held in Earl's Court, London.

In the aim of reducing everyday noise pollution, Quiet Mark offers recommendations of household appliances and tools that it rates as suitably quiet in operation. Therefore, the treehouse includes various items of Quiet Mark-endorsed home appliances – all of which are available for purchase in John Lewis. Brands such as Dyson, Bose, Smeg, Philips, and Samsung are name-checked by the designers, and the interior furniture is also provided by John Lewis.

Once the Quiet Treehouse has finished its term in the Ideal Home show, it is then slated t...

The Quiet Treehouse's shape is inspired by a small coppice of trees, and the standalone structure is supported by three primary "trunks." The primary construction material comes from Kebony ASA, a Norwegian company that produces an environmentally-friendly alternative to hardwood.

Access to the interior is gained via stairs, and once inside visitors also have the opportunity to experience immersive "personal sound-portraits," along with a soundscape archive. In order to keep the inside of the Quiet Treehouse true to its name, the walls, floors, and roof of the retreat are lined with a product called Acoustiblok, which is made from over 80 percent organic and recycled materials, and is said to offer excellent sound insulation. In addition, Rockwool insulation, noise-reducing glass Cantifix, and Kvadrat acoustic wall lining were also used.

If you'd like to see the Quiet Treehouse in person, the Ideal Home show runs until March 30 at London's Earl's Court arena. Once it has finished this term, the Quiet Treehouse is then slated to be installed at the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, where it will be put to good use offering a quiet place for kids and their families to spend some quality time together.

Sources: Quiet Mark, Blue Forest

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