Architect Wants to Bring Modular Treehouses to the Forests of France

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Guests would have direct access to nature.

While it's typically big firms that get recognition for their proposals, one Argentinian architect is making a name for himself after revealing a stunning design for a treehouse complex hidden away in the forest in France


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Manuel Mosquera submitted his idea called "Thirty Degrees" to the "Treehouse Module" contest set up by the Young Architects Competition (YAC). The submission reveals a series of sleek treetop dwellings that can be altered to function in several different ways. That's thanks to the 30-degree module design. Within the circular building surrounding the tree, 12 sections can each accommodate various functions. Those sections can also be reconfigured to form different shapes like an "S" and connected together to make 60-, 90-, and even 120-degree spaces. 

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Mosquera suggests potential uses for the sections such as a sleeping area, living room, bathroom, storage, outdoor nooks, and even a treetop sauna. Some of the spaces, he suggested, can transform immediately like the entrance. For example, once inside, it converts itself to a window with an outdoor space. Of course, all areas feature large glass windows that provide unobstructed views. 


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Though the focus is certainly on the buildings in trees, Mosquera also proposed similar designs on the forest's ground floor. This was dubbed "Among the Trees" and is meant to give guests different forest perspectives and embrace the ground's vegetation. All the structures are made using timber to blend in the natural surroundings. 


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His design is just one of the many submitted to the competition, which asked architects to develop concepts that tapped into childhood visions with an adult perspective. Other highlights included the "Château-Scope" concept by architecture firm LMTLS that placed a beautiful modern treehouse in front of the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers in France, creating a snow globe effect. And there was an a-frame design complete with a suspension bridge.