YOUNA Nature Resorts is the sensible continuation of Peter Pichler Architecture’s research on the connection between humans and nature through architecture. The hospitality concept follows the idea of immersing highly-flexible structures in dense forests, which aim to activate and amplify human senses through the use of simple and local materials. The project initiates as a treehouse, directly generating a spatial experience within nature. The design evolves into the idea of 'a treehouse without a tree', imitating both the archetype gable roof of a traditional tree house and the proportion of the tree it sits on. This results in a vertical pitched structure encompassing spaces that are elevated from the ground on a shrunken footprint – just like the trunk of a tree.
When talking about a tree house, it’s impossible not to mention its surroundings. YOUNA Nature Resorts explores and highlights the relationship between nature and architecture, the location as a source of inspiration, and the constant search for a bond between innovation and tradition. Envisioned to be built within the natural confines of the forest, the structures offer a close dialogue with the surrounding trees, while the overwhelming use of timber responds to both a conscious sustainable choice and one that stays true to the original treehouse typology. The project is conceived as a slowdown form of tourism where nature, and the integration of architecture, plays a primary role.
We don’t want to interfere much with the surroundings and our aim is to produce the smallest carbon footprint possible. Consequently, the treehouses are wrapped in a timber exoskeleton that reinforces the structure while creating a modular interior build-up and layout. This allows for exceptional customization, including number of floors, outdoor/indoor spaces, and glazed/solid walls, all depending on the needs of the customer and its context. The treehouse's façade consists of a double-layered timber lattice encapsulating the exoskeleton. The lattice secures a sense of privacy in the interiors and blocks unwanted harsh sunlight, while maintaining the magnificent mountain views from all interior spaces.
YOUNA Nature Resorts is an immersive and highly flexible hospitality concept with the ability to simultaneously emphasize and merge with its natural surroundings. The design was inspired by the idea of ‘a treehouse without a tree’ imitating both the pitched roof of the archetype, and the proportion of tree it sits on. This results in a vertical pitched form with spaces elevated from the ground on a shrunken footprint – like the trunk of a tree. The treehouses are wrapped in a timber exoskeleton that stiffens the structures, while allowing for a modular interior build-up and layout. For example, varying the number of floors, outdoor/indoor spaces and glazed/solid walls depending on needs and context. The façade of the treehouse consists of a double-layered timber façade lattice encapsuling the exoskeleton. The lattice secures interior privacy and blocks unwanted harsh sunlight while still maintaining views to the surroundings from all interior spaces. The overwhelming use of timber is both a conscious sustainable choice but also to stay true to the treehouse typology. The treehouses come in three typologies depending on their size and accommodation, capacity which is respectively two, four and six people.
“We believe that the future of tourism is based on the relationship between humans and nature. Well-integrated, sustainable architecture can amplify this relationship; nothing else is needed.”
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