Friday Cabins #72: Nice Cabins Outside of Nice, France
These elevated cabins put childhood treehouses to shame
Good afternoon! And happy Friday. It’s the EOW and we're here to celebrate with Friday Cabins, a weekly newsletter where we cover all things cabins. If you're outdoors-y, design-y or just love a little newsletter, this one's for you.
Here in NYC, the sun is shining! The grass is green! Have we returned to normalcy after smoke-filled skies and two-ish weeks of rain? We'll just have to wait and see, but in the meantime, we're taking full advantage of it this holiday weekend (the Rockaways are calling).
Today, we're sharing a short and sweet piece on a unique cabin in the Boréon forest of France, a mystical landscape straight out of the Sound of Music (which was filmed in Austria, we know, we know). Reminiscent of the Catskill's Willow Treehouse, it's funky, it's fresh, and it's very daydream worthy.
So scroll onward, then enjoy your weekend!
🌳 These French Cabins Take Treehouses to New Heights
Designed by architects Cyril Chênebeau and completed in 2022, Two Cabins Perched on Stilts (Les Cabanes Perchées) is a woodland cabin project perched on the edge of a mountain road in the Saint-Martin-Vésubie region, a popular hiking area outside of Nice, France. Located among the mountainous terrain of the Italian and French border, the identical cabins were first and foremost designed to be adaptable and durable, capable of weathering four-seasons of changing weather.
Built literally between the trees, the 750 square-foot structures conform to the restrictive site with a prism shape, an elongated rectangle that tapers at the end to accommodate encroaching branches. Impressive foundations of pillars made of rough stripped larch poles elevate the cabins off the ground and reflect the surrounding evergreen forest.
Dark burnt-wood cladding contrasts the bright glow of the raw larch poles to create a camouflage effect against the dappled light of the trees—during warmer months, the cabins almost disappear into the forest.
Inside, a gabled roof and generous floor-to-ceilings windows create a spacious interior, punctured by natural light. The plan was designed to be flexible for a variety of uses, with sliding doors that partition the space into separate units. A small living area encircles a hearth and wood-stove, and built-in window seats also provide an additional place to rest.
Lastly, a large deck cantilevers off the back of each cabin, with trees so close they graze the railing. And, while not shown in images, an outdoor jacuzzi is tucked snuggly into one corner for the ultimate forest bathing.
that’s it! happy wknd