Architecture

Unusual raised dwelling offers shelter in Greece

The Tragata's wall panels were weaved using reeds found on-site
The Tragata's wall panels were weaved using reeds found on-site
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Hiboux Architecture is exploring the possibility of using the Tragata as a glamping destination
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Hiboux Architecture is exploring the possibility of using the Tragata as a glamping destination
The Tragata is raised atop a permanent timber frame structure
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The Tragata is raised atop a permanent timber frame structure
The Tragata's panels can be opened like windows
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The Tragata's panels can be opened like windows
Access to the Tragata's interior is gained by steps and its walls and roof are made from panels weaved together using reeds that were found in abundance on-site
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Access to the Tragata's interior is gained by steps and its walls and roof are made from panels weaved together using reeds that were found in abundance on-site
The Tragata features a timber floor
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The Tragata features a timber floor
The Tragata's floor can be raised upwards to reveal a storage space 
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The Tragata's floor can be raised upwards to reveal a storage space 
The Tragata looks very simple, and it is, but there's a little more to the shelter than appears at first glance
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The Tragata looks very simple, and it is, but there's a little more to the shelter than appears at first glance
The Tragata's walls can be opened up so its occupants can enjoy the view
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The Tragata's walls can be opened up so its occupants can enjoy the view
The Tragata's interior looks pleasantly shaded
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The Tragata's interior looks pleasantly shaded
Some kind of pulley system is planned for the Tragata, to make lifting objects into it from the ground easier
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Some kind of pulley system is planned for the Tragata, to make lifting objects into it from the ground easier
Inside the Tragata
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Inside the Tragata
The Tragata's roof can also be opened to enjoy star gazing
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The Tragata's roof can also be opened to enjoy star gazing
The Tragata is raised atop a permanent timber frame structure
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The Tragata is raised atop a permanent timber frame structure
The Tragata's wall panels were weaved using reeds found on-site
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The Tragata's wall panels were weaved using reeds found on-site

Hiboux Architecture riffed on traditional short-term huts used by Greek farmers and harvesters while designing this unusual shelter that looks a little like a basket on stilts. Named Tragata, it's located in Cephalonia, Greece, and envisioned as a possible glamping shelter.

The Tragata, which was designed with help from German firm Studio Genua and several others, is raised atop a timber frame structure and features timber flooring. Access to the interior is gained by steps and its walls and roof are made from panels weaved together using reeds that were found in abundance on-site.

It's very simple, with no electricity or running water. However, the Tragata does have some nice little touches. The lower sections of the wall panels are operable and can be opened like windows to increase ventilation and let occupants take in the view. Additionally, the roof can be folded open to facilitate star gazing.

The Tragata's interior looks pleasantly shaded
The Tragata's interior looks pleasantly shaded

A hatch installed into the timber flooring can be used to access a storage area for stashing mattresses, lamps, clothing, and the like.

The Tragata pictured isn't quite completed. A small additional sleeping hammock or net is going to be installed at a mid-point between the interior and the ground, as is some kind of pulley system to make it easier to lift heavy objects into the Tragata.

Hiboux Architecture is exploring the possibility of using the Tragata as a glamping shelter and the firm mentions the idea of clustering a few units together to make a small community of sorts. We can't really see these being rolled-out to colder climes but, like Bordeaux's Le Haut Perché, it looks like a pleasant enough way to spend an evening for hikers and camping types when the weather's nice.

Source: Hiboux Architecture

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Tom Lee Mullins
It looks like a nice place to relax and get away from it all.