Geometric treehouse packs unexpected treetop luxury
Parisbased architectural and design studio AtelierLAVIThas recently completed its stunning Origin Treehouse. Located inRaray, France, and nestled around a 100-year-old oak tree, the bird's nest-inspired treehouse is the newestaddition to the LesCabanes des Grands Chênes treehousehotel.
"Thearchitectural challenge for Atelier LAVIT was to create a functionaland comfortable hotel room, being faithful to the first inspirationof the project: a bird nest," Marco Lavit from AtelierLAVIT tells New Atlas.
The23-sqm (248-sq ft) geometric treehouse cabin was built using locally sourced timber fromPFC-certified forests and is designed to reflect its gorgeoushabitat, leaving guests with the impression that the cabin is naturalextension of its treetop location.
The Origin treehouse is alsodesigned so it can be completely dismantled without impacting thetree and re-built on another site. Natural fiber insulation, comprised of sheep wool, wood fiber and hemp materials, was usedthroughout the dwelling.
"Ourwoods come from local forest species so as to limit the carbonfootprint, and are replanted to ensure the renewal of the forest,"says Lavit."We only use wood from PFC-certified forests: Douglas fir and larchare the most used species because they are naturally rot-proof, sothey do not need treatment."
Theinterior of treehouse boasts raw floor-to-ceiling timber cladding, in-built wooden furniture and large glass windows throughout,overlooking the lush treetop views. The cabin itself features a surprisingly luxurious and vast interior, comprising a quietand cozy lounge area, double bedroom, dressingroom, fully equipped bathroomlocated on a separate level and rooftop terrace.
The rooftop terrace offers guest the chance to enjoy 360-degree views across the forest and is accessible via a wooden ladderhidden along one of the cabin's exterior walkways. "[It's]as surprising as unexpected because it's hidden by the exteriorwooden cladding," says AtelierLAVIT.
Togain access to the treehouse, guests can enjoy a walk along a 30-m (98-ft) suspended walkway, which also provides access to theheated spa and relaxation zone, followed by a 10-m (33-ft) woodensuspended bridge leading directly to the Origin Treehouse.
Looking to the future, Atelier LAVIT will be working on new treehouse projects, floating wooden cabins and some underground homes for private clients.
"I love the feeling of manipulating the architecture as a 1:1 scale project, during the conceptual process, it's something closer to an object or a living architecture and I love to think about new space solutions in order to fit the maximum comfort in a minimum space," says Lavit, when asked what he loves about working with small spaces.
The Origin Treehouse cost €120,000 (US$148,640) to complete and can be booked for overnight stays via Les Cabanes des Grands Chênes. Take a look in the video below.