As the spring season is finally making its appearance, some of us may be planning camping trips or looking forward to doing things in the garden. Some may like high-tech tents, or erect yurts out in the backyard, but these aren't all that exciting. Enter the Froute Pod: perfect for a glamping ("glamourous camping") or temporary backyard gazebo, studio or meditation space, this beautiful, bamboo-framed tent was inspired by the flowery forms of nature.
Designed by Melbourne-based company Giant Grass, the Froute Pod is intended as a semi-permanent structure, to be raised off the ground on a platform, to protect inhabitants from ground moisture (recycled pallets were used in this demo). Giant Grass founders are architects and Munir and Mittul Vahanvati, both of whom have extensive experience with bamboo building. They explain:
Our design approach is based on using bamboo in its most natural form and exploring various possibilities whilst retaining the overall integrity of the material. We create our designs by carving, cutting and splitting the hollow cylindrical bamboo culm.
The Froute Pod is based on an octagonal plan of 3 metres (118 inches) wide, the pod's interior rises to a height of 2.4 metres (94 inches) tall. It can fit a double bed inside, and the waterproof canvas-clad pod has two flaps that be opened up like petals, creating a connection with the outside, and also making the structure a bit more flexible in its potential uses. There's also two round windows and a small central skylight to illuminate the interior.
Though the Froute Pod is not made as a lightweight type of tent, its flat-pack design does make transport easier, and the designers say that it can be assembled within 45 minutes by two people.
If you're looking for a graceful alternative to the humdrum tents and yurts for the camping season, the Froute Pod may be it -- Giant Grass hopes to be producing them commercially by the summer. Check out more over at Giant Grass.