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Luxurious tent lets you go off-the-grid in style

Luxurious tent lets you go off...
The Cocoon will set you back around US$100,000
The Cocoon will set you back around US$100,000
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The Cocoon doesn't require a foundation but rests atop a wooden deck
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The Cocoon doesn't require a foundation but rests atop a wooden deck
The interior includes a bathroom with shower, and a kitchenette
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The interior includes a bathroom with shower, and a kitchenette
Inside, the Cocoon measures between 500 - 700 sq ft (46 - 65 sq m)
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Inside, the Cocoon measures between 500 - 700 sq ft (46 - 65 sq m)
Heating comes from a propane heater or wood-burning stove
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Heating comes from a propane heater or wood-burning stove
The Cocoon will set you back around US$100,000
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The Cocoon will set you back around US$100,000
It comprises an exterior shell of translucent fabric and a frame made from steel,  aluminum, or laminated wood
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It comprises an exterior shell of translucent fabric and a frame made from steel,  aluminum, or laminated wood
The model pictured is currently installed on California's Big Sur coastline at luxury glamping retreat Treebones Resort
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The model pictured is currently installed on California's Big Sur coastline at luxury glamping retreat Treebones Resort
The firm rates it as being able to stand up to hurricane winds of up to 90 mph (144 km/h) and heavy snow loads
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The firm rates it as being able to stand up to hurricane winds of up to 90 mph (144 km/h) and heavy snow loads
Render showing alternative layout for the Cocoon
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Render showing alternative layout for the Cocoon
The firm also envisions it being used as a party venue
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The firm also envisions it being used as a party venue
It can be used as a yoga studio too
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It can be used as a yoga studio too
Render showing alternative layout for the Cocoon
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Render showing alternative layout for the Cocoon
The model pictured is currently installed on California's Big Sur coastline at luxury glamping retreat Treebones Resort
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The model pictured is currently installed on California's Big Sur coastline at luxury glamping retreat Treebones Resort
Standard floorplan of the Cocoon
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Standard floorplan of the Cocoon

If you like the idea of getting in touch with nature but want to do so without sacrificing your home comforts, then the Cocoon, by the Autonomous Tent Company, may be of interest. The semi-permanent dwelling certainly looks roomy inside, and includes a bathroom with shower and a kitchenette. It can be outfitted to run off-the-grid and is engineered to stand up to some pretty rough weather.

The Autonomous Tent Company, which includes well-known Californian architect Harry Gesner, offers a couple of models: the Cocoon and a larger version called the Tipi, which includes two bedrooms and can serve as a hunting lodge.

The Cocoon model pictured is installed on California's Big Sur coastline, in luxury glamping retreat Treebones Resort. If you want to buy your own, it will set you back around US$100,000, which seems expensive, though there's a bit more to it than your average tent.

Indeed, the Cocoon isn't really a tent at all in the usual sense, but a semi-permanent structure that can be raised in a few days. It comprises an exterior shell of hard-wearing translucent fabric and is supported by a frame made from steel or aluminum tubes, or laminated beams. An additional layer of insulation is available to those in particularly warm or cold climes.

Inside, the Cocoon measures between 500 - 700 sq ft (46 - 65 sq m)
Inside, the Cocoon measures between 500 - 700 sq ft (46 - 65 sq m)

The Cocoon doesn't require a foundation but rests atop a wooden deck and, according to the firm, is rated as able to withstand hurricane-force winds of up to 90 mph (144 km/h) and heavy snow loads.

Inside, the available floorspace measures between 500 - 700 sq ft (46 - 65 sq m), which is split between a living area, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom with shower and toilet. The layout is flexible though, and the firm also says the Cocoon can serve as guest suite, yoga studio, and office space.

Off-grid technology is optional and includes a solar power array, a solar hot water array, composting toilet, grey water system, and a wood-burning stove.

Source: Autonomous Tent Company

5 comments
Nik
US$100,000? Forget it!
GWA111
Hard wearing translucent fabric, add some hail like we've seen here down-under over the past couple of decades and I'll show you a hefty price tag in shreds
pwndecaf
Doesn't anyone design useful things anymore? Thing that might be useful and affordable?
ljaques
This is by far the most exquisite tent/small house/yurt I've ever seen. However, I had to laugh at the price of their stuff. $100k & $200k? Maybe with 5 acres of land attached, eh? <g>
Runklmstiltzskin
The writers are just joking when they call this a tent........this is anything butt a tent,this is a peermanent structure,TENT ,means Temporary dwelling place this is NOT Temporary!! Especially at $100,000.00+.......I think it is not worth $41.543.00.............LOL :-)