On the list of ways to feel at peace with nature and being surrounded by silence and breathtaking landscapes, staying in a treehouse lost in the Alps seems like a pretty good option.

A rendering of the treehouses in the middle of a snowy forest in bright daylight
These newly designed treehouses are a unique retreat in the middle of the Alps © Peter Pilcher Architecture

That’s exactly what the latest project by Milan-based architecture firm Peter Pilcher aims to be – the firm unveiled its design for three treehouses next to the Austrian town of Kitzbühel, famous for its ski slopes which are among the world’s most famous (and most dangerous).

A rendering of the bedroom within the treehouse with the huge window wall
Thanks to the huge glazed window wall guests can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding forest © Peter Pilcher Architecture

The treehouses will be part of a now-in-development 7-star hotel, and their main feature is that they are elevated from the forest floor, rising over the treetops and offering the guests staying in them an amazing view of the Alpine landscape all around them. They’ll range from 60 sq metres to 80 sq metres, and they’ll be equipped with a large bedroom and a bathroom – as well as a living room and sauna for the larger ones. The bedroom will look out onto the forest and mountains outside thanks to a glazed window wall to have a true “spatial experience within nature,” as the firm puts it.

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The treehouses are inspired by local architecture styles and built mainly out of wood, which has the double benefit of being both sustainable and available locally. The external wooden exoskeleton doesn’t just create a cosy feeling but also allows for interesting lighting – during the day, the light will filter inside creating a playful effect, while at nighttime the treehouses will glow, illuminating the forest around them.

A rendering of the treehouses at night, glowing in the surrounding forest
The treehouses are designed to "activate and amplify human senses". © Peter Pilcher Architecture

The project has just been unveiled, but if you’d like to follow its development you can do so at Peter Pilcher’s official website here.

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