3 Countries 3 Architects 3 Noninvasive Designs
1. The Herd - Mazama, Washington
AIA award winning firm, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, designed six vacation rental huts off the ground and set them on short wheeled legs thus preserving the meadow that had been damaged by 80 years of overgrazing by horses.
2. Tree Sphere - Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Tom Chudleigh wanted something different. To live in and among the trees, to move into and inhabit the forest without taking it down. The spheres, Eve and Eryn, are suspended by rope over old growth forest in a bio-mimicry fashion. See past post (July 2008) Tree Spheres - Micro Compact Vacation Rentals
3. Aldiana Club Med - Dakar, Sénégal
image copyright Édouard François
French architect and urban planner, Édouard François, finds inspiration in flora. Transplanting his vision from the Potager aquatique concept (Festival international des jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire, 1999) into elevated peanut shaped pods for the Aldiana Club Med, Francois gives the luxury traveller a taste of living in harmony with nature.