The HemLoft >>> A Secret Treehouse Hiding In The Woods Of Whistler
Canada.com features a secret treehouse in the woods of Whistler is exposed by it’s owner for the first time to the awe of architects and nature lovers alike >>>
Joel Allen is getting a lot of attention for his grown-up treehouse nestled in the branches atop Whistler Mountain in B.C.
Allen, a 31-year-old unemployed software developer, started building the egg-shaped structure, dubbed the HemLoft, in 2008. He wrote on his website:
The driving force behind the whole thing was a simple, yet inexorable desire to build something cool. There were no practical motives or profound meanings. The fact that it was hiding below some of the richest properties in Western Canada wasn’t a political statement, it just happened to be where I found the perfect tree. And building with free materials wasn’t out of some principled ideal, it was just the only avenue I could afford. In the end, I was mysteriously compelled to build something cool, something beautiful … and apparently, I was willing to go to maniacal lengths to make it happen.
The treehouse was completed in the summer of 2011 and has been featured in U.S. design and architecture magazine, Dwell.
Media from around the world have since picked up the story of the HemLoft and now Allen risks losing the structure, illegally built on Crown land near multi-million dollar homes. He says:
It took a lot of work to build it, and I’d rather not take it down, just yet. So I’ve been thinking of ways to expose the HemLoft, while somehow making it legal. To the best of my knowledge, Squatting on Whistler Mountain, beneath some of Western Canada’s most luxurious mega-homes would not be looked favourably upon.
People who have visited Allen’s website have voted in a poll for Allen to try to purchase the land. As of Friday, Allen said no decision has been made on the future of the HemLoft.
Here are some photos of the HemLoft: