Located about 4 hours northwest of Toronto, Canada, eco-friendly resort E’terra Samara will soon add a series of 12 environmentally-friendly tree-house villas that will provide visitors with extreme luxury in the form of a futuristic design. Developed by Farrow Partnership Architects, the concept is designed to minimize its footprint on this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and have people interact with wild nature and live in it without disturbing.
The structure is designed to be suspended from the tree’s trunk, rather than following the common practice of nailing to the tree, thereby hugging the tree rather than piercing its flesh. For the treehouse itself, it will provide a nested bedroom area, a furnished living space, a composting toilet, and an eco-friendly shower, all sheltered from various weather conditions by a PTFE fiberglass-coated non-toxic fabric roof.
The Sand Castle is a small hotel for children located within the Costa Navarino Resort in Messinia, Greece. The hotel is inspired by the bay of Navarino itself with its never-endings dune. At the Sand Castle a child’s primary gestures while playing with sand, such as sculpting and mixing, are translated into architectural forms. Inside, the children’s private areas, designed according to their own anthropocentric scale, comprise an open neighborhood along a common area of play and creative activities. Through the interplay of spaces, colors and materials, the building acts as a field of experience and exploration. A wonderful place for kids. [source]
This resort-like property is located in Mill Valley, a city in Marin County, California, USA. It was recently redesigned and expanded for comfortable living by Urrutia Design. This six bedroom, five and a half bath residence sits among beautiful oak trees and comes with an amazing view over the garden. Refreshing and breezy, the surrounding is pretty comfortable and it inspires tranquility.
This is a pretty interesting project from h2o Architects, who was required to enlarge the living area, without touching the structure. Basically, the request was to realize: increase the living space without touching the structure, create 2 bathrooms instead of the one existing, preserve the number of beds, 8 beds in 55m2, all while maintaining separate circulations for each. It sounds like mission impossible. [source]