over the past 12 months, designboom has featured a wide range of projects that engage directly with the natural environment. despite being diverse in scale, material, and setting, all selected works respond to their context, each one in its own way, allowing users to fully immerse themselves into nature.
from eight pop-up hotel rafts floating on a lake in flanders, belgium, to a forest-inspired ‘monkey house’ with minimal footprint, bamboo interiors, and open terraces in brazil, take a look at the TOP 10 reader submissions of 2021 – enjoy nature.
image courtesy of DEMOGO
italy-based architectural firm DEMOGO, introduces ‘new fanton bivouac,’ a protective shell at high altitude, taking shape as a rough-hewn inclined cabin that inhabits the marmarole saddle in the belluno dolomites, in italy. anchored in a wild and inaccessible mountain range, a boundless space at 2667 meters above sea level, its fiberglass body bends vigorously along the cliff giving the impression that will roll down in the void at any moment. the visitor is overwhelmed emotionally with opposing instincts; the desire to explore and move in this expanded space and the need to protect oneself and take refuge, rediscovering a human dimension.
image courtesy of vlotkamp
‘vlotkamp’ — which literally translates to ‘raft camping‘ — is a floating pop-up hotel realized by tobias knockaert & kika merlin on a lake in flanders, belgium. the project features 8 rafts with tents, only accessible by canoe, and follows a tree house initiative last year called ‘boomkamp‘. the project puts the focus on adventure and reliving childhood dreams, and is exercise on making belgian local tourism attractions and a good escape during COVID-19.
image © DDAA
cabin A24 is a prefabricated, 21sqm (225sqft) house module designed by DDAA, an india-based architectural studio that ‘constantly challenges the threshold of architectural design.’ ideal for sites located in the woods, the mountains or along the shore, the cabin reflects a minimal abode prioritized for comfort and design, all while expressing a strong connection with its context and a distinct architectural identity. the cabin is composed of a bathroom, kitchenette and living space – fully furnished with modern amenities and enough storage.
image courtesy of atelier serge propose
french design atelier serge propose has converted a mercedes vito into a minimalist campervan with a warm, cocoon-like character. despite its small size, the van supports a variety of functions, including a sleeping and lounge area, a kitchen, and ample storage space. the designers have put emphasis on using natural materials as much as possible, with the transformation mainly using birch plywood. in addition, the entire insulation is made using hemp wool and projected cork.
image courtesy of banana drive
consisting of a furniture craftsman and an architect, banana drive studio has created a new glamping unit designed to be attached to a small truck. the project takes shape as a light, low-rise tent emerging from a box base made with wood and steel frames. the structure adopts an open character, allowing users to form a close bond with nature, while providing necessary camping amenities.