Fancy slowing down in a mountainous forest getaway?
Milan-based architect Peter Pichler might just have the answer with these beautiful treehouse hotel rooms, planned to be located in the Italian Dolomite mountains.
An alternative to conventional tourism destinations, they're designed to give you a breather from the hustle-bustle of modern life and to immerse yourself in the wild...albeit in top-class sustainable comfort.
According to the studio, the project is "conceived from a 'slow down' form of tourism, where nature and the integration of architecture within [nature] plays the primary role." They believe that this is where the future of tourism lies; in natural and unplugged immersive experiences with a retreat-like aspect.
Of course, it's not just about tourism trends, more and more architects are thinking along the lines of merging buildings with nature and vice-versa. This number is ever increasing as the list of benefits that nature has on human health and wellbeing gets longer every day as more are discovered.
The buildings themselves are standalone units, each one is available to rent privately for your stay. Steep pointed roofs mimic the surrounding mountainside that is densely covered in larch and fir trees and a black stain on the timber exterior also adds to the blending of the buildings.
With geothermal heat pumps and load-bearing floor-to-ceiling glass on both levels, the large diamond-shaped structures really immerse guests in a natural hideaway.
Inside, the fir woodwork is left untreated, giving a warm and cosy contrast to the dark, sharp exterior. From both levels, all of that glass gives you stunning views of the mountainous forest beyond.
The minimally-decorated space is ideal for recharging, with a lounge/reading space on the bottom floor - upstairs lies a luxurious bed that will give you a full panorama of nature the moment you wake up.
Not to forget to mention that they are built almost entirely from locally sourced larch and fir, each one will also be fitted out with its own tank for collecting rainwater.
Whether you're a fan of them or not so sure, they are definitely something to watch out for; the same goes for those architects in Milan at Peter Pichler's studio.
Here's what they have to say:
"We believe that the future of tourism is based on the relationship of the human being with nature. Well-integrated, sustainable architecture can amplify this relationship, nothing else is needed".
A bold statement and perhaps a wise one.
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