I want to spend the summer in this tree house

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I love the design of this tree house created by architectural firm Farrow for an eco resort in the middle of a protected Canadian forest. A floating ship—it is suspended from the tree, not nailed to it—that can fly to space at any given time. Inside it is beautiful too.

Illustration for article titled I want to spend the summer in this tree house

I'd love my entire house to be like this. From the architects:

The design concept for the E'terra Samara 5-star eco resort, located in the Bruce Peninsula, consists of twelve suspended, reimagined one-bedroom tree house villas nestled into a forest which is part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Consistent with the client's philosophy of creating a restorative place in the forest that harmonizes with nature, the structure is designed to be suspended from the trees' trunks, rather than following the common practice of nailing to the tree, thereby hugging the tree rather than piercing its flesh.

The design emerged from a desire to not only be "in the trees" but also "of the trees." The dominant image is derived from the shape of a samara, commonly known as the maple key, a winged, fibrous, papery propeller shape that appears in autumn and enables the wind to carry maple tree seeds (which biologists refer to as the "fruit") farther from the parent tree than regular seeds. The sleeping area of the tree house is located in the "fruit" section of the samara shape, with the socializing area located in the "wing" section. Prefabricated off-site in three pieces, the structure will draw from East Coast light-weight wooden sailing boat construction techniques. Each samara villa frame will be hoisted into place and bolted together in the winter months with absolute minimal disturbance to the delicate flora. The locally harvested, Forest Stewardship Council-certified frames are suspended from a remarkably simple steel shoulder and cable system that hugs the tree trunk.

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