The Samara treehouse was designed for the E’terra eco-resort located in the Bruce Peninsula. It is a reimagined one-bedroom tree house villa which was designed to nestle into the resort’s forest land.
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.
It is design to be prefabricated offsite in three pieces. The structure draws from East Coast lightweight wooden sailing boat construction techniques. Each samara villa frame will be hoisted into place and bolted together in the winter months with minimal disturbance to the delicate flora.