‘Tree house’ idea grows on vis­i­tors

Floors rep­re­sent trunk and crown of tree

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties -

If Tarzan and Jane are look­ing for some new digs, well then, this might just be the place for them. Nes­tled among the pris­tine pine and hard­wood forests that blan­ket the Or­ford re­gion of the East­ern Town­ships stands a tree house-in­spired home that is as unique in con­cept as it is in eco-pro­gres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture. The Tree House is the pro­to­type for a se­ries of 10 to 14 sim­i­lar homes to be built at the 16-hectare Sanc­tu­aire Mont Cathe­drale, a deluxe hous­ing project where the Tree House is listed at a cool, green $3.49 mil­lion.

The project is the brain­child and pas­sion of Sherbrooke de­signer Pierre Leveille.

“I have been look­ing for a lo­ca­tion like this for the last five years, but the idea has been in the back of my mind for the last 20 years,” he says.

“The lo­ca­tion had to be just right and ev­ery­thing had to come to­gether.

“There were so many things to con­sider when de­cid­ing where to build; the proper site, ad­e­quate en­vi­ron­men­tal laws to pro­tect the prop­erty and its sur­round­ing am­bi­ence and pri­vacy for the res­i­dent in a beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral set­ting.”

The con­cept of the south­east fac­ing Tree House is to max­i­mize the sump­tu­ous views and make the res­i­dents feel like they are liv­ing in a tree house, with the first floor rep­re­sent­ing the trunk and the sec­ond floor the crown of the tree.

But there is no climb­ing rope or boards nailed to a tree trunk to pro­vide

Top, the Tree House at Sanc­tu­aire Mont Cathe­drale on Lake Brompton, just north of Mount Or­ford, 130 kilo­me­tres east of Mon­treal. The sec­ond floor is sheaved in cop­per til­ing that will even­tu­ally turn a rich green.

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