Hanging Resort - Interesting Engineering

Hanging Resort

November 10, 2012

E’terra Samara is a five-star resort designed by Farrow Partnership Studio and consists of twelve tree-house villas spread within Canada’s Bruce Peninsula forest. UNESCO listed this forest as a World Biosphere Reserve, so in order to work in harmony with the ambient landscape, the tree-houses are designed to be suspended in a way that they surround the trees, rather than being nailed directly into the wood.

Each tree-house has a “veranda” on the open part of the structure, and also features a sleeping part within the deepest “fruit” section of the villa. All of the individual tree-houses will be located specially to take advantage of site-specific features to allow maximum privacy and optimum light. The tree-houses will be constructed and installed during the winter months with the idea to cause minimal disruption to surrounding plants, as the project is still at development stage.

The house design was inspired by a propeller-like seed capsule that falls from maple trees in autumn, called samara. Building process uses sailing boat construction techniques to create the smooth shapes from locally-sourced wood. Each tree-house is protected from the surrounding environment by a fabric coverage which will function like the leaves of a tree and will be constructed of PTFE fiberglass-coated non-toxic and self-cleaning titanium dioxide coating. The tree-house villas will form a part of the greater E’terra resort.



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