Gabled wooden structures encasing glass-walled living spaces will distinguish a group of treehouses that Peter Pichler Architecture has designed for a forest in Kitzbühel, Austria . Named Tree Suites, the structures are designed by Peter Pichler Architecture as part of a 7-star hotel that is being built in the small Alpine town. The Italian studio’s proposal is intended to immerse visitors in nature and in turn encourage them to relax and slow down. "The connection between men and nature is a fundamental criterion in this project," explained the Italian architecture studio. "It should activate and amplify human senses with the use of simple and local materials while slowing down and living a moment within the top of the trees. A spatial experience within nature." The form of the Tree Suites is informed by vernacular timber architecture in Austria, which has been reinterpreted "in a contemporary way". They will be built almost entirely from wood arranged as a diagrid frame – a structural system composed of beams that intersect in a diagonal pattern. The structure will be wrapped by a decorative second layer of intersecting slats of wood that are designed to bring light into the living spaces while maintaining […]

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