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Pipe-shaped micro-cabin can hang from a mountain or dangle from a tree

The Fuselage can be suspended from a tree or cliffside, or placed on the ground on stilts as shown
The Fuselage can be suspended from a tree or cliffside, or placed on the ground on stilts as shown
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The Fuselage's shell is built from sustainably-sourced wood
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The Fuselage's shell is built from sustainably-sourced wood
The Fuselage takes between two to four days to assemble
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The Fuselage takes between two to four days to assemble
The Fuselage is delivered in flat-pack kit form
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The Fuselage is delivered in flat-pack kit form
The Fuselage can be suspended from a tree or cliffside, or placed on the ground on stilts as shown
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The Fuselage can be suspended from a tree or cliffside, or placed on the ground on stilts as shown
We've no word on its insulation rating but Tree Tents says that the Fuselage can withstand all weather
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We've no word on its insulation rating but Tree Tents says that the Fuselage can withstand all weather
The Fuselage measures 5.3 m (17 ft)-long and 2.9 m (9.5 ft)-wide
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The Fuselage measures 5.3 m (17 ft)-long and 2.9 m (9.5 ft)-wide
The Fuselage's snug interior includes optional bunk beds
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The Fuselage's snug interior includes optional bunk beds
The Fuselage's seating and dining area turns into a double bed
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The Fuselage's seating and dining area turns into a double bed
Tree Tents says that the Fuselage can be installed in extreme terrain
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Tree Tents says that the Fuselage can be installed in extreme terrain
Architectural plan of the Fuselage
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Architectural plan of the Fuselage
The Fuselage's snug interior includes optional bunk beds
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The Fuselage's snug interior includes optional bunk beds
The Fuselage is covered in an recycled aluminum shell as standard
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The Fuselage is covered in an recycled aluminum shell as standard
The Fuselage's seating and dining area turns into a double bed
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The Fuselage's seating and dining area turns into a double bed
The Fuselage can optionally run off-the-grid with solar power and batteries
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The Fuselage can optionally run off-the-grid with solar power and batteries
The Fuselage takes between two to four days to assemble
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The Fuselage takes between two to four days to assemble
The Fuselage is delivered in flat-pack kit form
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The Fuselage is delivered in flat-pack kit form
The Fuselage is fronted by a small deck area
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The Fuselage is fronted by a small deck area
The Fuselage measures 5.3 m (17 ft)-long and 2.9 m (9.5 ft)-wide
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The Fuselage measures 5.3 m (17 ft)-long and 2.9 m (9.5 ft)-wide
The Fuselage is designed to be either suspended from trees or even a cliffside, or installed on stilts on the ground, as pictured
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The Fuselage is designed to be either suspended from trees or even a cliffside, or installed on stilts on the ground, as pictured
The Fuselage is finished in recycled aluminum as standard
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The Fuselage is finished in recycled aluminum as standard
The Fuselage can be warmed with a small wood-burning stove
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The Fuselage can be warmed with a small wood-burning stove
The Fuselage features glazing on its front and rear
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The Fuselage features glazing on its front and rear
The Fuselage can optionally run off-the-grid with solar power and batteries
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The Fuselage can optionally run off-the-grid with solar power and batteries

If you liked the pipe-shaped design of the Bunker fuel tank-turned micro-home but felt that the space was just a little too snug, then perhaps the Fuselage by Britain's Tree Tents will be of interest. The flexible off-grid dwelling can be suspended above ground from trees or even hung from a cliff if good old terra firma is deemed unsuitable.

The Fuselage measures 5.3 m (17 ft)-long and 2.9 m (9.5 ft)-wide, and comprises a sustainably-sourced wooden frame, with a recycled aluminum exterior. It's delivered in flatpack kit form and takes between two and four days for the Tree Tents team to assemble.

As standard, it's simply installed on stilts on the ground, with no foundations required. However, the cabin can also optionally be suspended from trees on a system of ropes and straps, much like a hammock tent, or even be attached to the side of a mountain, if desired.

"Further to stilt mounting the Fuselage, the lightweight, structural airframe can also be fully suspended in the air – be it from trees or the side of a mountain," says Tree Tents. "The ingenious design of the Fuselage structure is like a whale skeleton but with four backbones. CNC milled, marine plywood ribs are engineered to be as light as possible but work together to spread the loading within the structure. Each rib is spaced along the four aluminum tubes (the backbones) with evenly positioned attachment points from which the suspension wires can be attached. The wires can then be fitted to the trees via large webbing straps or to the rock by bolts."

The Fuselage's snug interior includes optional bunk beds
The Fuselage's snug interior includes optional bunk beds

Access is gained by an external deck that can optionally be roofed over and turned into an extra room, while inside lies bunk beds (again optional, they can be removed if more floorspace is required). A table and some seating turn into a double bed, with integrated storage and glazing at each end of the dwelling framing the views.

There's no bathroom or kitchen in the model shown, but the Fuselage can be extended to include a bathroom with toilet and shower, as well as a small kitchenette, at extra cost.

The Fuselage's snug interior includes optional bunk beds
The Fuselage's snug interior includes optional bunk beds

In addition to the options already mentioned, other extras include a wood-burning stove, air-conditioning, a full off-the-grid power setup with solar panels and batteries, and timber cladding instead of the aluminum. We've no word on the insulation rating but Tree Tents says it has a "triple-layer insulated skin system" that's suitable for even extremes in weather.

The Fuselage starts from £26,000 (roughly US$33,000), plus taxes and installation fees.

Source: Tree Tents

3 comments
MerlinGuy
Looks like the largest beer can ever tossed aside in a forest.
MikeRyanc95317ae2315443b
After looking at this cabin, I have to say that it is cool. If I had the extra cash, I would get one in a heartbeat to put on a nice piece of land by a lake. There's only one thing... where's the washroom? I know that as a guy the world is my urinal, but that only goes so far.
TomLeeM
I think that is really cool looking. It seems a lot roomier than one might think. I think it would be great for getting away from it all.