Every December, Britain’s Tate Modern debuts its much-anticipated Christmas tree. Designed by a different contemporary artist each year, the famed museum’s trees are both yuletide decorations and works of modern art. This year, Iranian installation artist Shirazeh Houshiary has quite literally turned the tradition on its head with her upside-down evergreen. Suspended by its trunk, the tree hovers above the main entrance’s stunning spiral staircase.
Located about 4 hours northwest of Toronto, Canada, eco-friendly five-star resort E'terra Samara invites you to “escape the city lights for starry nights in the magical crispness of the Bruce Peninsula.” The already inviting Canadian travel destination will soon add a series of 12 environmentally-friendly treehouse villas that will provide visitors with extreme luxury in the form of a futuristic design. The concept, developed by Farrow Partnership Architects, is designed to blend naturally into the surrounding land and to overlook the Georgian Bay.
The pods will be built off-site, in three sections, out of locally harvested wood and then installed with a steel base and cable system that surrounds, but does not harm, each tree trunk. Farrow states, “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."
The one-bedroom treehouse designs 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. Guests will be invited to experience nature without disturbing the land, and will have access to the other resort luxuries including a day spa and sauna, salt water infinity pools, hiking trails, kayak, canoe, and boat tours, and flourishing gardens.