This is an interesting Micro Hotel out of Portugal, while I don’t care so much for the outside, the inside has a cozy quality to it with all the light filtering in that just clicks for me. These were first used in a design competition for this firm but has later been moved to be used as a hotel. I think something like this might be neat for a guest house or maybe have 2-3 of these (sleeping, cooking, bathing).
The De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel in the Netherlands salvaged four wine casks from Switzerland and converted them into rooms. Formerly filled with 14,500 liters of Beaujolais wine from the French chateau, each now holds a modest two-person room with standard amenities and even an attached bathroom and sitting room. Visitors from all around the world have traveled to the quaint northern port town of Stavoren to stay in one of these upcycled rooms.
Here is another neat room in the sky. This tree house is designed so you walk among the tree canopy to get to the house, you then drop down a ladder into the tree house. The tree house is actually suspended from the deck you walk to it on.
The site of The Cabin is chosen with regards to our ideal: high ground with a steep slope, providing a great view of the valley of the Lule River.
When visiting Harads to view possible sites, we formulated an idea around a horizontal approach: a footbridge leading to a spacious deck. It offers the potential for future expansion, with additional tree houses and footbridges (as well as viewing platforms and places to rest). The basic shape of the deck comes from the supporting trees in the slope. The actual tree house is suspended from the deck. This will hide the volume of the building to a certain degree. The deck is slightly separated from the building in order to make it appear smaller and also to allow the building its own expression.
We played around with the angles and rounded off the corners lengthwise. It now looks like a capsule or cabin, an expression we feel comfortable with. While discussing the façade we decided to try an unconventional solution: engineered fabrics used on lorries and trailer covers. Manufacturers in this line of business use fasteners, fixtures and techniques that would be suitable, as well as intriguing, for this tree house.
This Bubble is designed to be a Micro Hotel pod to be placed in airports for stranded passengers. The idea is to have a self contained unit that allows the occupants to have a quite space that meets their needs. at 7 meters squared it is just the right size. They have a few models: single bed, single bed with bathroom and a family version.