Built in Whistler, Canada, The Hemloft is a self-creation of Joel Allen, a determined and innovative young software developer who came to fulfill his imagination as a self-taught carpenter. The project represents a small tree dwell created with one reason: embracing the nature.
Helped by his friends, Mark and Jayne, who were recent graduates from architecture college, he tossed around a couple of interesting designs, but nothing stuck, until the idea of an egg embracing a tree came around.”An egg shape would be elegant, organic, unusual, and most distinctively, the structure would be contained within the form.” says the Software graduated carpenter Joel Allen.
After he changed a little bit the proportions of the “egg” and building a 1/4 scale model to test the strength of the structure, he started to search for the perfect location and the perfect tree for his project. His requirements were reasonable distance from the road, but away from any human sight or sound, which was quite hard because of the bike or carpenter trails.
The money for this project were earned by him as a carpenter, and the crafting was made by himself too, helped by his Slovenian girlfriend, Heidi.
Even though this project make you feel like a child again because it’s crafting simplicity and approaching with the nature, it has some disadvantages. The worst thing is that the fate of the Hemloft is insecure because its position, on crown land, so Joel doesn’t own the dwell.
Another disadvantage is that the ribs of the structure are fixed on the hemlock tree’s trunk, so they will be forced when the tree grows and expands on thickness.
Anyhow, the project was a success as Joel Allen’s project was published in the April Special Outdoor Edition of Dwell magazine, so he’s intending to continue to create cool stuff like this.