This owl-shaped cabin in France helps you reconnect with nature for free

In the Bordeaux region of Southwestern France, there is an adorable and unique free cabin shaped just like three giant forest owls!

It’s the perfect spot to take a break and just relax and reconnect with nature.

An artistic initiative called Bruit de Frigo ensures your stay in this lovely home costs absolutely nothing. This initiative encourages city folks to disconnect, unwind, and experience the beautiful nature around them

According to reports, Les Guetteurs (“the watchers”) are plywood cabins containing three floors, circular white beds, and a boardwalk overlooking nearby wetlands. It was designed and constructed by contemporary art producer Zébra3, a project commissioned by artist-architect collective Bruit de Frigo as part of their Refuges périurbains (“peri-urban shelters”) campaign.


The cabin’s website claims that the design is inspired by brachyotis, small owls of the marshes that nest on the ground and watch over the river. Even the beds resemble nests, they are placed in the head of the owls, so that campers can observe “the stars, the moon, the reflections of the river in darkness.”

Zébra3 designer Candice Petrillo further explained the inspiration behind the design by saying, “The idea of the birds came to me very quickly. After the last extension of the commercial area, I saw migrants swirling around in the sky, looking for the old dried wetland. Animal nod and the contour of the object are in turn a tribute to the sculptor François Pompon and François-Xavier Lalanne.”

Being in nature means away from the luxuries of technology, the structure lacks water, heat, and electricity but the cost of getting in touch with nature is, literally, priceless.



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