Camping has its charms, but a lot of people do prefer a bit more comfort when vacationing. The latter will be happy to learn that architect Harry Gesner recently designed a very unique alternative to a regular tent for the Denver, Colorado start-up Autonomous Tents. His creation is a comfortable, off-the-grid tent-like structure, which could make anyone fall in love with camping all over again.
Each Autonomous tent is constructed out of a hi-tech fabric, which is also resistant to rot and mildew. This fabric is attached to a sturdy frame, which is strong enough to withstand up to loads of up to 30 pounds per square foot (which makes it perfect for use in winter), as well as winds blowing at up to 90 miles per hour. The frame can either be made of steel or aluminum tubing, or laminated wood beams.
The tents can be set up for temporary use, or as permanent structures. When used in remote locations, the tents can be fitted with solar panels, a water filtration system and a composting toilet, meaning they can be used completely independent of the grid. The tents are also very simple to set up, while their curved, unobtrusive design allows them to blend in perfectly in any type of landscape.
Autonomous Tents are fully customizable and are available in two sizes, namely the 500 to 700-square-foot Cocoon, and the 1,000-square-foot Tipi. They are quite costly though, with the smaller one costing $100,000 and the larger one $200,000. Most of this cost is due to the necessity of building a raised deck on which the tents are erected. Since these tents are a great glamping tent, let’s hope that future versions of it are cheaper and therefore more accessible to the average glamper.
A-frame cottages have always been popular, mainly due the ease and affordability of their construction. This was the idea behind the Lushna cottage, a modern, green and affordable alternative to a tent created by the Slovenian company of the same name. These lovely wooden cottages are great for year-round camping, and enjoying the great outdoors in style.
Lushna Villa measures 13 by 13 feet, and is 11.5 feet high, which yields a livable space of 110 square feet. The walls are made from untreated, exterior-grade larch wood, while spruce wood was used for the flooring. According to the designers all the insulation is also ecological though they did not specify what kind of materials were used. The cottage also features a ventilation system, a panoramic glass wall or mosquito netting, and electrical outlets. The Lushna is designed to be installed using ground screws, which greatly reduces its footprint, and makes it almost like pitching a tent. The interior is large enough for a king-size bed, so camping inside one must truly be a royal experience.
Besides the basic version, the company also offers a so-called Lushna Villa Green model, which features a green roof, and the Lushna Sauna model, which is fitted with an infrared sauna. And for those who want a larger vacation home, Lushna also offers bigger cottages through their website.
The main aim of designing these cottages was to offer people a way to engage in eco-tourism in comfort. It’s aimed at individuals, as well as large property owners who wish to find a cost-effective way to create a village of eco-friendly and sustainable cottages. The basic version of the Lushna cottage costs around $4,453, which is very affordable.
Glamping in the forests of Dorset, England just got a lot more comfortable thanks to the recently constructed Woodsman’s Treehouse. It’s available to rent, and has a number of luxury features including a sauna and hot tub. So it offers campers a way to camp out in the woods, without actually having to rough it.
The Woodsman’s Treehouse sits on stilts and is wrapped around an oak tree. It was designed by Guy Mallinson and architect Keith Brownlie of Brownlie, Ernst and Marks. It took them five months to construct it, and they used mostly locally available materials to do so.
The interior is comprised of an open plan living area, which is accessible via a small foyer. There is also a kitchenette in this area, as well as a master bedroom which features a king size bed. An interesting feature is also the copper bathtub placed in this space, which is located right next to a large window, and lets you take a bath while enjoying a great view of the surrounding forest. The toilet is located just to the side of the foyer.
The house is heated by a rotating fireplace, which is located in the center of the living area. A part of the living room floor is also glazed, and offers a view of the stream that runs under the house.
The treehouse is accessible via a stressed ribbon bridge, and there is also a cool slide for fast exit. The front door is made of heavy oak and features a marine porthole. It has a submarine-type locking mechanism, which must be turned to open or lock the door.
The treehouse also features a spacious deck that is fitted with a wood-fired pizza oven, barbecue, and an outdoor shower. The private sauna and hot tub are located on the roof, which is accessible via a spiral staircase.
Honestly, I’d love to spend at least one night in this place.
UrbanCampsite recently constructed in Amsterdam is a collection of small shelters, which push the boundaries of modern design. While still efficient, they do focus more on artistic aesthetics and offer a great getaway spot for those seeking unique and “out-there” alternatives. The collection of tiny shelters is located on the artificial island of Centrumeiland in the IJburg city district of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This location was previously barren, so the tiny shelters serve the purpose of enlivening it once again.
All the shelters are rentable, and a lot of them were constructed using recycled or recyclable materials. They all offer comfortable sleeping accommodations. The whole site is envisioned as a camping site, so there are all the regular facilities available to the renters.
All of the shelters are unique and unusual in some way. One such is definitely the shelter called “Upside down you turn me,” which was designed by Rob Sweere. It looks like an L-shaped part of a giant plastic machine. Entry into the sleeping and lounging part is possible via a ladder, while the patio of sorts is located under it and provides pleasant shade, and is supported by two thin poles.
Another unique shelter is called “The Attic,” and it was designed by Arjen Boerstra. The entire structure is made of wood, and was inspired by the attic Boerstra remembers from his youth. The entire design is quite childish, yet projects a very whimsical feel.
“Solid Family” was designed by Boomhuttenfest and features two ground level pods, which are connected by a corridor. The structure can sleep up to four people, and there is a comfy queen-sized bed in each pod.
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