Parisian designer Matali Crasset has produced a series of low-impact living pods in which modern artists can spend a summer residency while working in a natural setting. Dubbed "Les Maisons Sylvestres," the four dwellings in the collection are located at Fresnes-au-Mont, in the forests of France. Made out of local materials like acacia wood, Douglas fir and galvanized steel, with its flipped-square shape the artists' pods has been designed to exist, or even float, in the forest without causing harm to the environment.
Each pod rests its weight on various galvanized steel legs allowing only a small part of the surface to touch the floor. For this reason, they are foundation free and cause minimal impact to the land and living forms. Each pod also boasts an outdoor cooking space, which also be used to heat to the interiors. An elevated platform at the entrance provides visitors with a space to contemplate and understand their surrounding environment.
Led by Le Vent des Forêts, the organization has six forest villages which have been hosting modern artists from around the world over the past ten years. This latest project has been developed in collaboration with Matali Crasset, employing volunteers from the villages in the area.
The pods will be rented out between the months of May and September.
All images © Matali Crasset