Embrace Me Pavilion–Watermill, NY

Resilient, expandable, repeatable–the tree pavilion, made of locally-sourced wood studs and salvaged cedar planks, simulates a forest. It blurs the boundaries between the man-made and nature. A family’s Long Island’s shaded nature retreat, it may be used for relaxing outdoors, eating, bird-watching and even star-gazing. The central pod contains mosquito netting to act as a screened-in porch, and solar-powered 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.