Floating ‘Woodnest’ Cabins Are Tiny Self-Supported Treehouses in the Norwegian Forest


Helen and Hard are the architects who stand behind the amazing idea of creating the woodnest cabins. They wanted to create something that will be respective towards the existing land and steep topography.

This modern getaway is hidden among the trees in Odda, in Norway. The cabins they created, are floating approximately 15 to 20 feet off of the ground. And in that way, the nature stands untouched. They thought the whole project through and carefully picked the design of these wonderful cabins. Each one of them is perched on a single tree.

Then using a steel collar, they decided to attach each abode to the trunk of the tree. Therefore, there is no need to add any additional structures below. So the only thing you see, is a still-growing tree with cabins attached to it.

Both of the architects reveal that they came up with the idea after they shared thoughts with their clients Sally and Kjartan Aano, who thought that the cabins must emphasize the importance of nature and thus, respect the forest. They add that their unique creation connects to both ordinary and extraordinary sensation of exploring and climbing trees.

How does a woodnest cabin looks like?

These woodnest cabins are perfect for people who are interested in exploring nature. That is so, because they are reachable by a 20-minute walk on foot, starting from the town of Odda.

To get there, you need to pass through the forest while walking on a steep winding path. Once you finally get to these cabins, you can get in there through a small timber bridge.

The cabins are organized around the central trunk of the tree. It features 15 square meters, where you can enjoy in four sleeping places, a kitchen and a bathroom. From here, visitors can enjoy the vast view out through the trees, down the fjord, towards the mountains beyond.

In honor of the Norwegian cultural traditions of timber architecture, the architects used timber as a building material. The architects were kind of playful with the material potential of wood.

Therefore, the architecture of the cabins is supported by the tree trunk itself and it is formed from timber ribs. This way a protective skin around the building is formed. And over time it will weather to merge and mix completely with the natural patina of the surrounding forest.

@_woodnest_ the unique treehouses in Odda are completed and open to the public!
At just 15m2,…

Posted by Helen & Hard on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Woodnest Treehouses are completed!
The steep wooded hillsides around the Hardangerfjord above…

Posted by Helen & Hard on Friday, September 18, 2020


For more pictures visit their website: woodnest.no

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