Maisons Sylvestres: Foundation-Free, Modular Forest Dwellings

Maisons Sylvestres: Foundation-Free, Modular Forest Dwellings

Emily Smith
Jul 19, 2011

Matali Crasset is the designer behind these forest dwellings (or 'feral houses') located within the 5,000-hectaures forest along the Sentier du vent pathway in France. The idea is that by not having a foundation, they can be easily installed or moved without disturbing the natural surroundings too much. With four of these units located throughout the forest, each offers a different lifestyle inviting you to harmonize yourself with nature.

Each house has its own theme, and some exciting features: porch swings, terraces, a wood stove, gas lights, composting toilets, and an outdoor water supply facility. The structures are made from combinations of acacia wood, douglas pine, and galvanized steel which serve to camouflage themselves in to the landscape.

We've seen Matali Crasset's work featured before, during our Small Spaces month, which includes the 'Double Side' desk for small work spaces.

Read More: matali crasset: maisons sylvestres at Design Boom.

(Image: Lucas Fréchin, Matali Crasset)

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