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Feral Houses: Matali Crasset Completes the First of Four Forest Retreats in France
Posted By Lori Zimmer On July 13, 2011 @ 9:30 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Prefab Housing | 2 Comments
A stretch of forest in France, not far from Meuse, Lorraine is home to a series of magical summer retreats. Over the past five years the region has invited artists and designers to create six camping villages, and the latest addition was recently completed by French designer extraordinaire Matali Crasset. The Birdhouse cottage takes the form of a cubic cabin set on its end, and it's the first of four "Feral Houses" that the designer has dreamt up for the region.
Crasset’s Maison Sylvestres enable guests to become one with the lush forest that surrounds them. The first of the four cabins  will open this week, quaintly called The Birdhouse  (Le Nichoir). Situated along a patch of forest called The Trail of the Wind (which sounds more romantic in French- Sentier du Vent), the structure resembles an actual birdhouse only in its peaked roof and plank-like entry.
The two-storey cabin  is a rustic form made by simply turning a cube onto one point. Initially, Crasset designed the structure to showcase her signature flair for bold color touches – but the actual construction is much more sedate. Made from steel and extremely lightweight wood, The Birdhouse rests on poles that preserve the untouched forest floor. The interior is minimal , with a storage and sitting area on the first floor, and a sleeping loft on the second.
The Birdhouse’s focus is truly on the exterior – and on beauty of the surrounding forest. The building’s elevated terrace is large enough to cook, dine or relax upon. Each of the anticipated structures places emphasis on the outdoor porch, as well as the well-loved porch swing! Crasset’s other cabins  promise to offer a different experience, and are lovingly named The Deer, The Chrysalis and The Mushroom. We look forward to their construction and we’ll bring you the latest as they are completed so stay tuned!
+ Matali Crasset 
Via Metropolis Mag 
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 cabins: http://inhabitat.com/pure-air-prius-solar-power-ventilation-system-modified-to-clean-air-in-huts/
 The Birdhouse: http://inhabitat.com/incredible-rooftop-treehouse-in-amsterdam-made-from-fruit-veggie-crates/
 cabin: http://inhabitat.com/bungalove-nomadic-pop-up-prefab-lets-you-go-back-to-the-wild-in-style/
 interior is minimal: http://inhabitat.com/japanese-mountain-retreat-features-bright-yellow-dome-tents-and-locally-harvested-timber/
 cabins: http://inhabitat.com/huttenpalast-salvaged-campers-find-a-new-home-in-a-funky-budget-berlin-hotel/
 + Matali Crasset: http://blog.matalicrasset.com/?p=2956
 + Les Vents du Forets: http://www.leventdesforets.com/
 Metropolis Mag: http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/20110712/sylvan-poetry?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MetropolisPOV+%28Metropolis+POV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
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