Complicated Modern Cottage in Japan

For this lakeside house in Japan, Tokyo-based studio Sugawaradaisuke used five interlocking levels to create multiple viewing platforms both inside and outside the property. Rather than a traditional two-storey structure, the architecture practice designed a multi-level layout for the cottage, that gives the occupants multiple perspectives of the surrounding forest. The house, called called Nojiri-ko Nature Platforms, sits near the shore of Lake Noriji in the Kiso Mountains of Japan’s Nagano Prefecture. Each of the five platforms is made from different materials in different sizes and set at different heights. Floors double as benches, shelves, and even beds.

Le Nichoir by Matali Crasset

Le Nichoir (The Bird nest) could be called an experimental project realized through an experimental method. Industrial designer Matali Crasset has created feral-type shelters in collaboration with inhabitants and volunteers of Le Vent des ForĂȘts in Fresnes-au-Mont , France. Le Vent des ForĂȘts is a small colonies like cluster of six small villages located in the forest. The cabin is a centrally positioned work of art in the forest and up for rent for visitors, hikers, nature-lovers and everyone who enjoys being outside in the woods. The hut is basically an ecological Hotel room offering basic and embryonic comfort. The combination of acacia wood, Douglas pines and galvanized steel blends perfectly into the surrounding environment, “camouflaged in nature and the securing undergrowth shadows which slowly appear.” The lightweight structure has been built without being grounded completely, so it can be moved around the forest without harming nature upsetting the ecosystem, Matali explains.