cyril chênebeau perches a pair of cabins on stilts in the forested french alps

cyril chênebeau perches a pair of cabins on stilts in the forested french alps

Duality of Tradition and Modernity

 

Designing a structure that harmonizes with its surroundings is a challenge architects face when working on wooded sites — in the case of the newly completed project, Two Cabins Perched on Stilts (Les Cabanes Perchées), architect Cyril Chênebeau tackled this challenge head-on. Located amongst the woods of Saint-Martin-Vésubie, France, the cabins are envisioned as an ‘ideal’ form of huts. The dwellings take shape as timber structures with a balanced blend of traditional and contemporary elements and adapt to the varied topographical and landscape situations of the forested site.

cyril chênebeau cabins perched
images © Aldo Amoretti | @aldoamoretti

 

 

A Refined Prism Among the Trees

 

The concept by architect Cyril Chênebeau sees an elongated cabin on stilts with a refined, prism-like shape that allows it to hide itself between the trees. The design plays with the duality of a traditional built form and a contemporary ‘alternative’ habitat perched on stilts. The cabins are each shaped with a simple and compact volume, geometry the form of a nine-sided prism with a two-sided roof. The unique three-dimensional structure consists of self-braced V-shaped wooden posts, evoking the image of leaning trunks. This structural approach enhances the visual effect of ‘overhang’ and creates a perception of the cabins being subtly perched among the trees.

cyril chênebeau cabins perched

 

 

Immersed in Nature with Contrast Effects

 

The project aims to provide an immersive experience in the exceptional surroundings of the Mercantour National Park. Nature and sunlight filter generously through the larch trees, casting captivating shadows and offering a play of light throughout the day. To further enhance this contrast, the exterior cladding of the cabins features burnt wood with a dark tint, resonating with the bark of the larch trunks. The load-bearing structure, on the other hand, boasts a light tint, creating a striking visual contrast. The large bay windows on the exterior offer glimpses of depth, transparency, and the warm ambiance of the carefully crafted interior architecture.

cyril chênebeau cabins perched

 

 

Inside the cabins, the layout is designed with a flexible plan to accommodate various preferences — the cabins can be used as open, loft-style spaces or partitioned configurations with simple sliding panels to close off sleeping areas. The lofty interior volume makes the most of the sloping roof, with a common area revolving around a central hearth and stove. 

cyril chênebeau cabins perched

 

 

Noble Materials and Craftsmanship

 

The choice of materials for the cabins reflects a commitment to durability and aesthetics. Noble materials are employed throughout the construction, and meticulous attention is paid to assembly and construction details. The selection of coverings and furniture further celebrates the authentic and contemporary character of the place. These design choices ensure that the cabins provide exemplary and comfortable housing units throughout the year, offering a top-of-the-range level of service. Occupants can expect a unique and immersive experience nestled in the heart of the Boréon forest.

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large bay windows offer glimpses of depth from the exterior

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the cabins on stilts suspend occupants amongst the trees

cyril chênebeau cabins percheda flexible, reconfigurable layout adjusts for varying levels of privacy

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a sloping roof lends lofty interiors

 

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project info:

 

project title: Two Cabins Perched on Stilts (Les Cabanes Perchées)

architecture: Cyril Chênebeau@cyrilchenebeauarchitecte

location: Saint-Martin-Vésubie, France

lead architects: Cyril Chênebeau, Fabrice Carbone

completion: 2022

photography: © Aldo Amoretti | @aldoamoretti

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