A day in the woods amidst Mother Nature away from the hustle and bustle of everyday living is definitely a dream worth romanticizing. As easy as it sounds, this project brings to light a matchless design that enables one to explore the possibilities of unwinding in one’s dream location.
The project makes a shift from the conventional tree house concept providing a pop up luxury in hospitality at ease.
The idea arises from a simple seed that can turn into a human nest amidst wildlife and gushing of neighboring brooks. Very often, the degree of sustainability and living with nature are portrayed as words that are used to idealize a design concept but the end result of design disrupts the existing environment in order to achieve building footprint.
Being part of the industry for over a decade, the studio aims to provide a more responsive and responsible architectural attempt in harmony with the outdoors.
Hence, the emphasis is on providing more focus to the natural setting than creating a luxurious space to stay and staying in a floating hotel room is not too far away from one’s dream.
Bringing down the focus to materials and technology involved in the making of seed pods, it is surprisingly straightforward. The idea of the design is to grab the attention of users showcasing minimal difficulties in erecting the pod in the place of their choice.
The structural system is such that it can be installed using manpower without using heavy machinery or power tools on any terrain, anywhere on the planet, in a day. The form of the structure became the most critical and challenging aspect of design as the innate profile of a seed is naturally aerodynamic.
However, the team of membrane engineers established the structure on computer and it envisioned the pod resisting wind speeds of 120kmh if created using a small number of structural rings and state of the art architectural fabric.
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The experiment moved to being a winner introducing an arrangement that uses a tensile membrane fabric as primary structural material and steel as secondary.
The vertical loads are carried by the membrane itself which is fixed between clamp rings at the top and bottom. The top ring is connected to steel cables that are hanging from the surrounding trees.
The horizontal rings between the top and bottom push the membrane out creating the internal space, while the bottom clamp ring is connected to a soil anchor that keeps the pod vertically under tension.
Another means of erecting the pod is using its own optional tripod equipped with lighting, a ceiling fan; a cool box and a charging station and thus being a perfect choice during hiking trails, surf camps and silent safaris. The self standing tripod and its ground anchors provide all required uplift support for heavy wind loads.
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Everything existing is always from a seed and its potential is the basis for the functioning of the living thing. Likewise, the seed pod exploits its possibility by providing a multifunctional interior that is designed to convert from a seating arrangement during the day into a sleeping arrangement during the night.
Therefore, the compact space maximizes its practicality in the best feasible manner resembling life inside a seed.
The functional reach of the seedpod is beyond belief. Offering the lowest possible physical impact on site and instant installation, the peerless experience presents the choice to drift.
At night, the pod’s transformation into a romantic lantern floating in the darkness becomes a sight of fantasy. In remote locations, the Seedpod can be hooked with a bathroom unit amplifying its use in the wilderness.
The type of Seedpod can be chosen based on its function. For small picnics and lounging purposes, one has the option of choosing the pod with a netting fabric at eye level that enables cross ventilation, keeping the regular bugs out.
The insides can be altered from a picnic configuration to a lounge configuration accommodating up to 4 people. Another additional feature of the pod includes the provision of a closed membrane at eye-level for privacy and the transformation is quite simple to fit a sleeping configuration for two people.
Soon after its launch, this initiative is floating above the forest floor in Bel Ombre Nature Reserve, in the bamboo groves next to the meandering Jacotier River in Mauritius.
The Heritage Nature Reserve initiates a unique picnic experience and envisions a day to learn about endemic forest, a dip in one of the natural pools, relax in a hammock and eat a mosquito-free lunch in the Seedpod.
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