Located in the Bourdeaux region, “Les Guetteurs” was designed to encourage urban hiking and exploration.
If you plan on camping in rural France this summer, be sure to seek out a trio of adorable timber owl cabins which unsuspectingly popped up in Bourdeaux. The work of Bruit du Frigo partner Zebra3/Buy-Sellf, the cabins were constructed as part of the Refuges Périurbains (Peri-urban shelters). As Tiny House Blog reports, the sixth cabin — named “Les Guetteurs” (The Watchers) — is located off the grid, along the edge of the city, and was designed to encourage urban hiking and exploration.
The adorable cabins were built in the likeness of Bourdeaux’s ground-dwelling owls that are often found in open landscapes. Huddled together as a single mass, the owls create a large cabin with three floors. As Inhabitat reports, “The building features a circular plywood frame clad in strips of curved wood. Shingles cut to look like feathers top the roof, while giant circular windows are installed for the owl’s ‘eyes.’ Most interesting, perhaps, is that fact that the shelter is built on top an elevated boardwalk in a wetland area.
Plenty of light shines on the faceted timber walls thanks to a forest-inspired door. Circular white beds designed to look like nests are located on different levels, and one can reach them via ladder. Because the structure operates off-grid, it maintains a simple aesthetic yet offers all basic necessities. Reportedly, “Les Guetteurs” can host up to nine people, so grab some friends and stay in the free abodes if in the region. Bookings for the free lodging can be made on the Refuges Périurbains website.
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