matali crasset: maisons sylvestres matali crasset: maisons sylvestres
jul 13, 2011

matali crasset: maisons sylvestres

‘nichoir’ by matali crasset photo by lucas fréchin

within the 5000-hectares forest of the dompcevrin, fresnes-au-mont, lahaymeix, nicey-sur-aire, pierrefitte-sur-aire and ville-devant-beirain along the sentier du vent pathway in france, paris-based designer matali crasset has envisioned ‘maisons sylvestre’, four small dwellings or ‘feral houses’.

designboom previously published the project when the four sanctuaries: ‘chrysalide’, ‘brocard’, ‘champignon’ and ‘nichoir’ structures were still being built. acting as ecological hotel rooms, each offer different lifestyles inviting you to enter and harmonize yourself with nature. all the dwellings intertwine the indoor and outdoor environments enhanced by a terrace, a central room, porch swing… allowing curious visitors and transient inhabitants of the natural space to spy on the surrounding environment.

the structures are made from combinations of acacia wood, douglas pine and galvanized steel which camouflage themselves into the landscape. each cabin is outfitted with a wood stove, gas lights, compost toilets and an outdoor water supply facility. ‘these lightweight structures are foundation-free and can be moved around the forest without harming nature or upsetting the ecosystem,‘ says matali crasset.

the project which has been a collaboration between the designer and the inhabitants and volunteers of le vent des forêts.

a view through the forest photo by lucas fréchin

construction of nichoir’s structural frame image courtesy of matali crasset

image courtesy of matali crasset

‘nichoir’ being built photo by lucas fréchin

front view of ‘nichoir’ during construction photo by lucas fréchin

rendering of ‘nichoir’ dwelling’s interior image courtesy of matali crasset

‘nichoir’ framework image courtesy of matali crasset

‘noisette’ image courtesy of matali crasset

‘noisette’ image courtesy of matali crasset

construction of ‘noisette’

‘noisette’ site image courtesy of matali crasset

‘chrysalide’ image courtesy of matali crasset

interior rendering of the ‘chrysalide’ space image courtesy of matali crasset

‘champignon’ framework image courtesy of matali crasset

modules for the feral houses image courtesy of matali crasset

zigzag arrangement

various modules image courtesy of matali crasset possible arrangements image courtesy of matali crasset

  • beautiful, but where are the bathrooms?

    iara says:
  • I think Matali should stop trying to do architecture

    chapmaniac says:
  • i am kind of fond of matali’s architecture projects. particularly the hi-matic hotels she’s been involved in. they are practical and address social, environmental and cultural concerns all at the same time. i think she should continue.

    mc fan says:
  • Oh its excellent, i agree with the concept and execution and hope the project blossoms. I would like to own one, no problem.

    charles says:
  • How is this removable, with a storm?
    Eco…. where is the septic tank?

    boerBon says:

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