Milan-based studio Peter Pichler Architecture has developed a concept for sustainable tree houses in the forest of the Italian Dolomites. The tree houses are an addition to an existing hotel and should create a new experience to live in the woods with a maximum connection to nature. With their sharply pitched roofs, the geometry of the structures is inspired by the surrounding fir and larch trees and is made of local wood.
The cabins have been designed by the architect to comprise of two levels and range from 35 to 45 m2. On the lower level, there is a small reading/lounge area, while the upper level hosts the sleeping area with a small bathroom. The two levels are connected together through a small internal stair.
The tree houses are imagined to be built using wood, with the exterior clad in blackened timber, blending into the backdrop of greenery. On their interior, the natural wood is exposed to form a warm, inviting environment for guests. Large expanses of glazing are also used in the design to provide impressive views of the Italian Dolomites.
The project is conceived as a “slow down”- form of tourism where nature and the integration of architecture in it plays a primary role. “We believe that the future of tourism is based on the relationship of the human being with nature,” explains the studio. “Well integrated, sustainable architecture can amplify this relationship, nothing else is needed.”