Despondent after the closure of a social media startup, unemployed Canadian Joel Allen, 26, used Craigslist to gather free materials to help build an extraordinary egg-shaped tree house on Crown property a couple of hours drive north of Vancouver.
According to inhabitat.com and Canada's National Post Joel Allen, now 31, designed and built the unusual egg-shaped tree house costing not much more than $6500 on an unknown patch in the forests of Whistler, British Columbia. Allen found a secluded place after many nature walks in this beautiful area.
British digital newspaper Mailonline reports that it took Allen a while to find the right spot. Once found, the computer software technician turned carpenter remained undeterred and continued with his unusual project by first constructing a scale model to check any construction and engineering problems.
Once built reports CBC news a friend encouraged him to send photos to Dwell a well known architecture magazine. An article on Joel Allen and his tree house features in their April Special Outdoor Edition.
According to an interview with Allen in the National Post, which found him busy building a greenhouse in Alberta for family members, he got the idea of unusual places of abode after sleeping in different barns all over Slovenia and on the lifts of water towers. Although he says he isn’t sure where the final idea of an egg-shaped tree house came from, “ He loved the thrill of sleeping in different places.”
Allen also mentions that although he has spent some time in the sparsely furnished tree house, he didn’t actually build it to live in but for anyone who could find it in the woods.