If you’ve ever glanced at a bird nest, maybe been awed by the little bird’s engineering skills and thought the dwelling looked cozy and woodsy, this treehouse in northern France is for you. Or, even if you aren’t particularly envious of a bird’s nest, this still looks like a terrific home in the trees.

This is called the Origin, and it’s a bookable cabin in the Cabanes des Grands Chênes system. This isn’t the only one of these elegant cabins in the sky, either. The grounds of the Cabanes des Grands Chênes hold a few different models of treehouse, all designed to mimic the criss-crossed construction of a bird’s nest.

The 100-year-old tree the house nests around is a centerpiece, rising through openings in the center of the structure.


Light-colored poplar wood interiors brighten the space and add to an airy, ethereal quality. There’s a roof terrace and a wooden bridge leading to a hot tub attached to a nearby tree.

The cabin is within a reasonable day’s drive from Paris, and while it’s not in the middle of the Alps or the Pyrenees, it offers an arborian escape from urbanity, a breath of fresh air, a bit of magic. Also, it’s a pretty inspiring design for anyone considering building their own human-sized bird nest.


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