Cozy pop-up Seedpods let you escape into nature with a minimal footprint

April 24, 2019 by  
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Reconnecting with Mother Nature has been elevated to new heights with Nomadic Resorts ‘ latest treehouse initiative — the Seedpod. Shaped like a human nest, these lightweight sleeping pods are designed for minimal landscape impact and can pop up in remote locations in just one day. The pop-up hotel rooms were recently installed in Mauritius’ Bel Ombre Nature Reserve, where they were hung from trees and made to “float” above the forest floor. Founded in 2011 as a reaction against the environmental footprint of traditional hotel development, Nomadic Resorts is an interdisciplinary design and project development company that services the hospitality industry with sustainable and contemporary projects. The Seedpod, developed after years of research, builds on the company’s commitment to low-impact design. Drawing inspiration from the shape of a seed and a bird’s nest, Nomadic Resorts crafted an aerodynamic structure that is not only capable of resisting wind speeds of 120 kilometers per hour, but can also be quickly installed in remote locations without using heavy machinery or power tools. “Our goal was to take inspiration from the humble seed to create a floating hotel room that was both ephemeral and robust — comfortable but exciting to sleep in,” said Louis Thompson, the CEO of Nomadic Resorts. “The idea is that sleeping in the pod is a transformative experience in its own right — a chance to spend a night in a human nest where you can see the movement of the wildlife below and hear the gurgling of the stream. Our team has been striving to find a symbiotic, harmonious relationship with the sites we develop. To achieve that, we need to find a compromise between durability and sustainability, environmental integrity and guest comfort — size was an important consideration in that discussion — it is the place, not the space, that is true luxury.” Related: Nomadic Resorts’ tiny prefab pod homes can pop up anywhere The Seedpod debut at the Heritage Nature Reserve consists of two units set up for a unique picnic experience where visitors can learn about the endemic forest, swim in the natural pools and enjoy a mosquito-free lunch inside each room. The pods, which were attached to trees at the reserve, can also be erected on their own with an optional tripod and equipped with lighting, solar panels , a ceiling fan, a cool box and a charging station for devices. Each unit measures nearly 12.5 feet in height (nearly 7.5 feet for internal height) and slightly over 7 feet in diameter. + Nomadic Resorts Images via Nomadic Resorts and The Heritage Nature Reserve

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HOK designs a flying off-grid hotel to let you travel anywhere in the world

August 26, 2016 by  
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The Driftscape hotel comprises two modular units: the “driftcraft,” an approximately 205-square-foot autonomous pod bedroom for two, and the 2,500-square-foot “Oasis” amenity and service pod. Built with high-impact polymer walls and a lightweight structural system, the transparent egg-shaped guest rooms offer 360-degree views and off-grid excursions of two to three days. The hovering driftcrafts promise a fully immersive and customizable experience that also leaves a minimal footprint on the physical environment. “To set off on an adventure, to leave all comforts behind and wander in pursuit of the unknown has been a fundamental urge of humankind throughout history,” says HOK on the inspiration behind the concept. “We thus set out in search of a way to fulfill this urge, seeking a fully ‘immersive,’ significantly heightened guest experience and to provide a unique way to wander/drift and experience viewpoint of this amazing world we live in, from above and within.” The egg-shaped pods can also be joined together; three combined Oasis pods, for instance, would form an Oasis Base consisting of a communal lounge, restaurant, and courtyard. Related: This crazy alpine hotel room has no walls or roof, but it boasts a breathtaking view Despite Driftscape’s futuristic design, the HOK Toronto office believes the drone -integrated hotel room could be available for commercial use in as early as five years, citing Ehang 184 and the Puffin Personal Air Vehicle as examples of existing technologies that could support the floating pods. On October 5, HOK and other finalists will present their ideas at the New Museum . The audience will cast a live vote to determine the winner, who will receive a $10,000 cash prize to further their concept. + HOK Images via HOK

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Tiny artist cabins give the California desert a sci-fi-esque appeal

August 22, 2016 by  
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Located on a remote campsite within Zittel’s 35-acre A-Z property, the Wagon Station Encampment was conceived to welcome creative minds to get in touch with their “desert fantasy.” The Encampment is open twice a year when the desert climate is mild—in the spring and fall—with each “open season” divided into weeklong sessions. “It is open to anyone who feels an affinity with Andrea’s mission in the high desert – including (but not limited to) other artists, writers, thinkers, hikers, campers or those who are engaged in other forms of cultural or personal research,” says a statement on Zittel’s website. Related: This iconic desert tree is in danger because of climate change Each tiny portable pod is made from wood and metal and elevated off the ground to keep guests safe from scorpions and other critters. Guests enter through a curved hatch door that opens up to reveal a comfy bed and a small amount of storage space. One of the curved panels is transparent to allow for views to the outdoors. The pods can be collapsed and moved as needed. In addition to the wagons, the site also includes a communal outdoor kitchen , open-air showers, and composting toilets. Interested guests of the Wagon Station Encampment must submit an application for consideration. Each weekly sessions costs $100. + Andrea Zittel Via Dezeen Images via Andrea Zittel

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Planning Korea envisions futuristic pod habitats in Paris

February 10, 2015 by  
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