"The trees still sway, the wind, daylight, darkness and moonlight pass through the openings as through so many inner branches. Anyone taking shelter in its floors will certainly feel the rustle and rush of breeze. It's enough to inspire nostalgia for a childlike appreciation of things."- Phyllis Richardson, XS Extreme, Thames & Hudson, London.We didn't want to impose my will on the site; we didn't want to destroy the pristine nature of the place. We collaborated with nature by wrapping a three storey structure around four trees, allowing the site to determine what the footprint of the treehouse should be. Through a close collaboration with arborists and builders, we developed a scheme that allowed me to use a traditional Muskoka balloon-frame structure and hang it from the four trees.As a result, an intimate relationship was created between the natural setting of the project and architecture itself. This lattice-like skin acts like a tree canopy, filtering sunlight in the interior spaces. At night the tree house takes on a cocoon like quality when the lit skin transforms the surface into a lantern suspended from the forest.The project's intimate relationship with the natural environment demanded great ecological sensitivity in order to preserve the forest's health and growth. The traditional Muskoka balloon frame was integrated with innovative engineering to deal with this parameter. Consequently, only one high strength steel cable was attached to each tree, providing minimal impact on the growing trunks, allowing them to live the full extent of their lives.