Today, an off-the-grid prefab retreat for those of you Swiss Family Robinson fetishists out there who also suffer from unfortunate cases of acrophobia:
Described by GizMag as the “Rolls Royce of treehouses,” EcoPERCH is the latest concept from Blue Forest, acclaimed British purveyor of “sustainable buildings and luxury tree houses.” But despite the “perch” descriptor, this striking, capsule-shaped beauty doesn’t necessarily need to be lofted high into the forest canopy — it can also rest firmly on the ground while still blending in with its sylvan surroundings. Or, as Blue Forest puts it, the oblong outposts’ “natural, organic geometry maximises the relationship between the inside space and the outdoor setting, ensuring the structure sits harmoniously within the landscape.”
Measuring 20-feet wide and 26-feet long, EcoPERCH comfortably sleeps four (to be clear, there aren’t four bedrooms … or any bedrooms for that matter aside from a bunkroom squeezed into a corner of the combination living room/dining room/sleeping area/kitchen) and boasts a wide array of green features inside and out: LED lighting, double-glazed windows, high levels of insulation, and FSC-certified tongue and groove timber cladding. The whole kit-and-caboodle can be delivered and installed on-site within just four days and outfitted with off-the-grid necessities such as a solar PV system, composting toilet, rainwater harvesting system, and a methane fuel cell. The structure also confirms to the UK Caravan & Mobile Homes Act meaning that it's approved for British holiday-making although it could also work nicely as an upscale garden structure along the lines of Archipods and Backyard Boxes.  
Lovely stuff although the price tag — £50,000 and £60,000 ($78,800 - $94,600) — isn't for the faint of heart. EcoPERCH makes it's grand debut this summer at Grand Designs Live trade show in London.
Via [Designboom], [GizMag]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

EcoPERCH: A ground level treehouse retreat
Luxury treehouse outfitter Blue Forest unveils EcoPERCH, a curvy and wood-clad prefab retreat that doesn't necessarily need to be elevated high above the forest