Embrace Me Pavilion–Watermill, NY

Resilient and expandable, the tree pavilion, made of new and salvaged cedar wood, simulates a forest. As a family’s shaded nature retreat in Long Island, New York, the structure is a combination of a folly, pavilion and tree house. The pavilion may be used for eating, sleeping, bird-watching and nocturnal star-gazing. The central pod contains pendant ceiling heaters, mosquito netting to act as a screened-in porch, and LED lights. Steel posts allow for cantilevering of the peripheral pods, which mimic a branching-out from trunks.

The goal is a fluid space that allows the family to spend more time together gathering in nature. The structure mimics what is now being evidenced by Science, that trees take care of each other through their complex root system, the tips of which act similar to a brain.; they even nurture their young and protect each other from storms and disease.