Daniel Flahiff

Zeppelin House is a Treetop Escape

by , 09/02/09

sustainable design, green design, recycled materials, renovation, zeppelin house, blimp, cocoon, bellemo & cat

Magically appearing from the trees along Great Ocean Road, Australia is Cocoon, an incredible weekend getaway by the terrific design duo Bellemo & Cat. One part zeppelin, one part finely-crafted yacht, Cocoon was conceived as a “a matchbox inside an egg, a rectangle within an oval.”

sustainable design, green design, recycled materials, renovation, zeppelin house, blimp, cocoon, bellemo & cat

Great green designs can take as many forms as there are minds to imagine them. Cocoon is a terrific example of taking architectural cues from the landscape; it rests lightly on the land and preserves much of the original feel of the surrounding environment. “The light weight monocoque structure is a hybrid of techniques appropriated from boat building and aircraft engineering,” say Bellemo & Cat, “The path to building this home was one of unleashing the pragmatic inside the poetic.”

Simultaneously fantastical and minimal with an eye to living lightly on the land, Cocoon is evocative of Bellemo & Cat‘s public art pieces at Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Victoria and their sculpture work, particularly 2Cocoon and Polywarp which was a finalist for the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award. If you’re interested in staying in the hillside zeppelin retreat it’s available for rent from $240 per night.

+ Bellemo & Cat

Via Designer Choice

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