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Geometric treehouse packs unexpected treetop luxury

Geometric treehouse packs unex...
Paris based architectural and design studio Atelier LAVIT has recently completed its stunning Origin Treehouse, located in Raray, France
Paris based architectural and design studio Atelier LAVIT has recently completed its stunning Origin Treehouse, located in Raray, France
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Paris based architectural and design studio Atelier LAVIT has recently completed its stunning Origin Treehouse, located in Raray, France
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Paris based architectural and design studio Atelier LAVIT has recently completed its stunning Origin Treehouse, located in Raray, France
The bird nest inspired treehouse is the newest addition to the Les Cabanes des Grands Chênes treehouse hotel and is nestled around a 100 year Oak tree
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The bird nest inspired treehouse is the newest addition to the Les Cabanes des Grands Chênes treehouse hotel and is nestled around a 100 year Oak tree
The 23sqm (248 sq ft) cabin was built using locally sourced timber fromPFC-certified forests
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The 23sqm (248 sq ft) cabin was built using locally sourced timber fromPFC-certified forests
The Origin Treehouse is designed to reflect its gorgeous habitat, leaving guests with the impression that the cabin is naturalextension of its treetop landscape
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The Origin Treehouse is designed to reflect its gorgeous habitat, leaving guests with the impression that the cabin is naturalextension of its treetop landscape
The Origin treehouse is also designed so it can be completely dismantled without impacting the tree
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The Origin treehouse is also designed so it can be completely dismantled without impacting the tree
Natural fiber insulation was used throughout the dwelling, comprising of sheep wool, wood fiber and hemp materials
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Natural fiber insulation was used throughout the dwelling, comprising of sheep wool, wood fiber and hemp materials
The surprising rooftop terrace offers guest the chance to enjoy 360degree views across the forest
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The surprising rooftop terrace offers guest the chance to enjoy 360degree views across the forest
The interior of treehouse boasts raw floor-to-ceiling timber cladding and in-built wooden furniture
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The interior of treehouse boasts raw floor-to-ceiling timber cladding and in-built wooden furniture
Origin Treehouse master bedroom
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Origin Treehouse master bedroom
The cabin itself features a quiet and cozy lounge area and double bedroom
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The cabin itself features a quiet and cozy lounge area and double bedroom
Large glass windows throughout, overlook the lush treetop views
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Large glass windows throughout, overlook the lush treetop views
A 10 meter (33 ft) wooden suspended bridge leading directly to the Origin Treehouse
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A 10 meter (33 ft) wooden suspended bridge leading directly to the Origin Treehouse
Origin Treehouse by Atelier LAVIT
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Origin Treehouse by Atelier LAVIT
The cabin itself features a full equipped bathroom located on a separate level
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The cabin itself features a  full equipped bathroom located on a separate level
The surprising rooftop terrace is accessible via a wooden ladder hidden along one of the cabin's exterior walkways
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The surprising rooftop terrace is accessible via a wooden ladder hidden along one of the cabin's exterior walkways
View from below, looking up at the Origin Treehouse
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View from below, looking up at the Origin Treehouse
To gain access to the treehouse, guests can enjoy a walk along a 30meter (98 ft) suspended walkway
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To gain access to the treehouse, guests can enjoy a walk along a 30meter (98 ft) suspended walkway
The surprising rooftop terrace is accessible via a wooden ladder hidden along one of the cabin's exterior walkways
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The surprising rooftop terrace is accessible via a wooden ladder hidden along one of the cabin's exterior walkways
Peek inside the Origin Treehouse by Atelier LAVIT
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Peek inside the Origin Treehouse by Atelier LAVIT
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Paris-based architectural and design studio Atelier LAVIT has recently completed its stunning Origin Treehouse. Located in Raray, France, and nestled around a 100-year-old oak tree, the bird's nest-inspired treehouse is the newest addition to the Les Cabanes des Grands Chênes treehouse hotel.

"The architectural challenge for Atelier LAVIT was to create a functional and comfortable hotel room, being faithful to the first inspiration of the project: a bird nest," Marco Lavit from AtelierLAVIT tells New Atlas.

The 23-sqm (248-sq ft) geometric treehouse cabin was built using locally sourced timber fromPFC-certified forests and is designed to reflect its gorgeous habitat, leaving guests with the impression that the cabin is natural extension of its treetop location.

The Origin treehouse is also designed so it can be completely dismantled without impacting the tree and re-built on another site. Natural fiber insulation, comprised of sheep wool, wood fiber and hemp materials, was used throughout the dwelling.

The 23sqm (248 sq ft) cabin was built using locally sourced timber fromPFC-certified forests
The 23sqm (248 sq ft) cabin was built using locally sourced timber fromPFC-certified forests

"Our woods come from local forest species so as to limit the carbon footprint, and are replanted to ensure the renewal of the forest,"says Lavit."We only use wood from PFC-certified forests: Douglas fir and larch are the most used species because they are naturally rot-proof, so they do not need treatment."

The interior 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 quiet and cozy lounge area, double bedroom, dressing room, fully equipped bathroom located on a separate level and rooftop terrace.

The interior of treehouse boasts raw floor-to-ceiling timber cladding and in-built wooden furniture
The interior of treehouse boasts raw floor-to-ceiling timber cladding and in-built wooden furniture

The rooftop terrace offers guest the chance to enjoy 360-degree views across the forest and is accessible via a wooden ladder hidden along one of the cabin's exterior walkways. "[It's]as surprising as unexpected because it's hidden by the exterior wooden cladding," says AtelierLAVIT.

To gain access to the treehouse, guests can enjoy a walk along a 30-m (98-ft) suspended walkway, which also provides access to the heated spa and relaxation zone, followed by a 10-m (33-ft) wooden suspended 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.

Atelier LAVIT // ORIGIN tree house Hotel

Source: Atelier LAVIT via Contemporist

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I really like the softening effect of the cladding and its second use as a safety rail for the deck ... but around here they wouldn't let you build with that much kindling anywhere near a forest let alone up a tree! ;)