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Zeppelin House is a Treetop Escape

Posted By Daniel Flahiff On September 2, 2009 @ 9:00 am In Architecture,Recycled Materials,Sustainable Building | No Comments

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Magically appearing from the trees along Great Ocean Road, Australia is Cocoon [1], an incredible weekend getaway by the terrific design duo Bellemo & Cat [1]. One part zeppelin [2], one part finely-crafted yacht [3], Cocoon was conceived as a “a matchbox inside an egg, a rectangle within an oval.”

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Great green designs can take as many forms as there are minds to imagine them. Cocoon [1] 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 [1], “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 [1] is evocative of Bellemo & Cat [1]‘s public art pieces at Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Victoria and their sculpture work, particularly 2Cocoon [4] and Polywarp [4] 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 [5] from $240 per night.

+ Bellemo & Cat [1]

Via Designer Choice [6]


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[1] Cocoon: http://www.bellemocat.com/residential/cocoon/

[2] zeppelin: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/10/airbia-suburban-airships-take-flight/

[3] yacht: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/09/code-xs-solar-powered-yacht-the-ultimate-hybrid-luxury-boat/

[4] 2Cocoon: http://www.bellemocat.com/public-art/

[5] available for rent: http://www.stayz.com.au/12090

[6] Designer Choice: http://www.designerchoice.com.au/cgblog/15/51/Zeppelin-House

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