Get off the grid and reconnect with nature by staying in this adorable free cabin in the Bordeaux region of Southwestern France.
Why is it adorable? Because it’s shaped like three giant forest owls.
You can stay in this sweet home for absolutely nothing as part of an artistic initiative, called Bruit de Frigo, encouraging city folks to disconnect, unwind, and experience the beautiful nature around them.
According to Boredpanda, Les Guetteurs (the watchers) are plywood cabins containing three floors, circular white beds, and a boardwalk overlooking nearby wetlands. It was designed and constructed by contemporary art producer Zbra3, a project commissioned by artist-architect collective Bruit de Frigo as part of their Refuges priurbains (peri-urban shelters) campaign.
According to the cabin’s booking website, the design is inspired by , small owls of the marshes that nest on the ground and watch over the river. The beds are round to resemble nests, and are in the heads of the owls to allow campers to observe “the stars, the moon, the reflections of the river in darkness.”
Zbra3 designer Candice Petrillo further explained the inspiration behind the design by saying, “The idea of the birds came to me very quickly. After the last extension of the commercial area, I saw migrants swirling around in the sky, looking for the old dried wetland. Animal nod and the contour of the object are in turn a tribute to the sculptor Franois Pompon and Franois-Xavier Lalanne.”
Although the structure lacks water, heat, and electricity, the cost of getting in touch with nature is, literally, priceless.