If you’re looking for a modern private getaway, the Woodnest cabins in the forests of Odda, Norway, are the perfect place to be. These “floating” cabins look a lot like treehouses, but only more extravagant. They are perched in a tree and fastened to the trunk with a steel collar 15-20 feet above the ground. This eliminated the need for additional structures underneath. All that can be seen is the still-growing tree that pierces the cabins!
To show respect for the environment, Helen & Hard Architects created this construction approach at the request of clients Sally and Kjartan Aano, which left the forest floor untouched. It was also intended to give the appearance of a miniature floating house. “Our goal was to build a place that genuinely reflects what it means to dwell in nature,” the architects add, “stemming from the client’s intention to create a unique spatial experience that links to both the mundane and remarkable emotion of climbing and investigating trees.”
And clearly, they were able to do that successfully with these stunning Woodnest cabins. To further protect the forest, the two cabins are also not accessible by car. Guests must park their vehicles and take a hike along a steep mountain walking path to reach them. The journey ends with a timber bridge that leads to the cabin entrance located up to 20 feet in the air.
This trip is well worth it, considering the wide-open views of the gorgeous Hardanger fjord they’ll be enjoying once inside the cabin. Each 160-square foot dwelling can house up to four people. Although small, every bit of space is efficiently utilized. The cabins have a small bathroom and bedroom on either side of the entrance. One has a double bed, and the other has two single beds. The rest of the space serves as the kitchen and living room.
The entire cabin has large glass windows that offer a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding forest and mountains.The dwellings adopt a vernacular wood-style design and use timber for structure. Untreated shingles wrap around the cone-like form, and classy wooden ribs furnish the interior ceiling. All the products used in the cabins and available to guests are sourced locally, proving that the people behind Woodnest have a heart for the environment. They want to use non-toxic, sustainable products as much as possible.
“The products we use and have available for our guests, have been chosen because they have been locally sourced, which also adhere to our care and concern for our environment and supporting local businesses. We care for the environment, and therefore try our best to choose non-toxic and environmentally sustainable products as possible,” Helen & Hard Architects wrote on their website.
These unique cabins prove that architects can still produce incredible designs without having to use much space.