These treehouses look like they came right out of a futuristic fairytale. With modernist touches, accentuated by pointed roofs and blackened wood cladding, these mountain treehouses residing in the Dolomites of northern Italy imbricate gothic and natural.

The result is a mesmerizing mountainscape with black diamonds jutting out of the dense thicket. Seen from afar, that is. But it’s just as gorgeous up close, too. Above all, Peter Pichler Architecture designed these hotel rooms as a way for tourist to connect with nature.

Key to this synergy? Floor-to-ceiling picture windows overlooking the vast mountaintop.

“We believe that the future of tourism is based on the relationship of the human being with nature. Well integrated, sustainable architecture can amplify this relationship, nothing else is needed.”

Each treehouse ranges from 35 and 45 square metres in era. However, all have the same signature pointed roof and base. PPA says those wedged corners will echo the surrounding fir and larch trees.

PPA will cull from almost entirely locally sourced larch and fir wood to build the structures. Moreover, as for the cladding, meanwhile, they plan to stain them black, offering a more gothic feel — a stark contrast to the lush greenery enveloping these treehouses.

Each will have a concrete foundation, and the glass walls will serve as additional structural support. Inside, PPA plans to build warm interiors using untreated fir wood and minimalist furniture. Each treehouse will comprise of two levels. The bottom half will be for reading and lounging, and the upper half for sleeping. An open-tread stair will link the two.


Photos courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture