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Carred d'Etoiles: A Prefab Under the Stars

by , 08/07/09

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If you’re tired of boring ho-hum hotels and looking for a new sort of vacation experience, look into these cute little prefabs accommodations by Carre d’Etoiles, based in France. The cube-shaped mini prefab is designed to be a new way to ‘get away from it all,’ and each comes complete with a transparent dome and a telescope to take advantage of a starry night sky. Inside, the compact accommodation includes sleeping for 4 and all the amenities you might need for your vacation. The environmentally-sensitive cabin is easily transported and can be dropped anywhere to maximize views and night-time star viewing sessions.

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Carre d’Etoile is constructed from wood and can sleep up to 4 with a platform bed and sofa bed. Also included are a full kitchen, TV, seating area, storage, shelving, parquet floors, and a bathroom with a shower. Built with a “desire to protect the environments,” the prefab also has a “designer bio-ethanol chimney [and] recyclable wood structures.” Although the environmental design elements don’t sound terribly convincing, it encourages a smaller environmental footprint.

The creators of the prefab are Louis & Nathalie Blanco, who have been working for many years to create new concepts for sustainable tourism that help travelers get closer to nature. One of their other ventures was les Roulottes de Campagne, which is similar to Carre d’Etoile, except they were mobile trailers. As each unit is autonomous, Carre d’Etoile embodies a real sense of freedom, but at the same time, feels like a luxury hotel.

The idea is similar in theory to glamping – luxurious yet rustic accommodations in beautiful and natural settings. Carre d’Etoile is  efficiently designed with multi-functional spaces and no extra room for frills. The intention is to provide the necessary amenities inside, but encourage lots of time spend out-of-doors. Currently, there are a number of destinations within France that you can check into and sleep soundly under your prefab skylight.

+ Carre d’Etoiles

via dwell

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2 Comments

  1. Mariam August 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I love this!! Would like to live in one of thes wonderful houses!! Thank you so much for sharing and for inventing this!!

  2. StructureHub August 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Beautifully simple! I love how it was stripped down of ornament, relying instead on the interest-adding uniqueness of the basic elements of architecture (e.g., soft-hued wood cladding, rounded v. squared doorway, unadorned platform deck, etc.). Even better, unlike many other mini cabin designs I’ve seen, this one has no proportional shortcomings – I suspect primarily because they didn’t try replicating a full-size cabin’s form in miniature. Well done!

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