Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »
Suspended Spherical Treehouses, by Free Spirit Spheres, British Columbia, Canada
February 17th, 2011 by Susan Smith
Free Spirit Spheres are set among the tall trees of the west coast rainforest of Vancouver Island, Canada.
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Visitors by appointment only, for the privacy of our guests.
The theme of this project is “Oneness”. The spheres are designed to fit harmoniously into a forest setting without altering it. They use the trees for a foundation and enable us to celebrate the beauty and wonder that is already there, without changing it.
Inside the sphere, walls and ceiling become one. A single continuous sphere. They aren’t separated like in a conventional building. If you believe in the concept of oneness then why not surround yourself with a structure that reflects it? Then step outside and look up. You’ll see the web of rope connecting the sphere to the trees, which reflects our connectedness to the eco-system we live in.
Suspended spheres reduce the human footprint to near zero. They utilize bio-mimicry to create a human habitation that can live in the forest. The sphere, like a nut shell, can withstand impacts and the web of rope, like a spiders web, attaches to many strong points. Its stretchiness enables sphere and trees to move freely. It creates a feeling of floating when in the sphere. The well appointed interiors eliminate the need to “rough it” to live in the deep forest. Spheres can be inserted into the forest by helicopter, road or water. A crew of 3 can install one in few days. A perfect place to meditate and commune with nature. To re-connect.
If it suits your un-tamed spirit you may wish to purchase a sphere or components to build your own.
Spheres, Eve, Eryn and Melody, are available for overnight rental. We are approximately 30km north of Parksville on Vancouver Island along the Inland Island Hwy (#19), near Qualicum Bay. The acreage is on private property close to Horne Lake Caves, Georgia Strait and Mount Washington. Come experience an enchanted coastal rain forest…. your comfortable, gently swaying, restful sphere awaits.