Treehouse

Photo: Kendall McCaugherty © Hedrich Blessing

Photo: Kendall McCaugherty © Hedrich Blessing

Studio Gang’s Treehouse is a special space where the Studio meets the city. 

Set atop the Chicago office, it transforms a formerly empty rooftop into a transparent pavilion nestled in a prairie garden and the surrounding skyline. The space hosts a revolving series of events, public and private, where people come together to learn, discuss, create, and celebrate, sharing food and drink while immersed in the city.

Outside, the prairie garden is a living laboratory where the Studio and our collaborators at Omni Ecosystems and Applied Ecological Services are developing ways to cultivate biodiversity in the urban environment. More than 50 varieties of plants and trees have become lush habitat for insects, birds, and a (soon-to-be) colony of honey bees. We are measuring the health and growth of our urban “sky island” using eBird, BioBlitzes, and other ongoing data collection efforts toward building a set of best practice recommendations that can help others create their own ecological green roofs and improve our shared city habitats.

Rent the Treehouse for your next off-site meeting or private event through Peerspace.

Photo courtesy Studio Gang

Photo courtesy Studio Gang

Photo: Kendall McCaugherty © Hedrich Blessing

Photo: Kendall McCaugherty © Hedrich Blessing

“I run a supper club and we held one of our events on the rooftop prairie of Studio Gang. The glass walls provided am amazing view for our guests and the sliding doors made it feel as though we were dining outside! Everyone truly enjoyed the prairie as a refreshing oasis in the city. It’s the perfect spot for intimate gatherings, dinner parties, or even off-site team building.”

—Elise Metzger, Filigree Suppers

Photo: Olivia Romano for Filigree Suppers

Photo: Olivia Romano for Filigree Suppers

Photo: Olivia Romano for Filigree Suppers

Photo: Olivia Romano for Filigree Suppers

“Between April and June of 2016, Studio Gang hosted three MAS Context events at their fantastic Treehouse space. The events varied in format, ranging from a lecture to a book launch to a full-day event of multiple lectures, and the Treehouse was the perfect space to accommodate them. It created an intimate and engaging environment that was excellent for the events. The audience, a combination of architects and designers of several disciplines, enjoyed the interior space where the talks took place as well as the outdoor rooftop space where the conversations continued informally. We loved collaborating with Studio Gang for these events and we can’t think of a better place to host an event than their Treehouse.”

—Iker Gil, MAS Context

Photo courtesy Studio Gang

Photo courtesy Studio Gang

Photo: Olivia Romano for Filigree Suppers

Photo: Olivia Romano for Filigree Suppers

“The Studio Gang Treehouse, with its open configuration and access to a prairie-like green roof setting, made our annual all-day staff retreat a really enjoyable and relaxing getaway from our normal office routine. Looking forward to returning next year.” 

—Young Chicago Authors