To take an idea, no matter how whimsical or farfetched and to actually make it physical, make it whole, is the most creative act known to humankind. Yes, we build tract homes and outlet malls, but at its heart, building is a personal thing, borne from individual experience and obsession. Since the dawn of civilization, people have built things with meaning, from the humble and the mundane to the grand and sprawling.
Driven by creativity and his youthful desire to leave his mark on the world, Joel Allen searches the wilderness around Whistler, British Columbia, for the perfect place to build The HemLoft, a strange and lovely egg-shaped wooden structure. It becomes a magnet for hikers, tourists and everyone who loves beauty and human ingenuity. What’s next? It’s the Hemraft, a whole new way to enjoy swimming.
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