LumiPod by Lumicene

This prefabricated housing module is a real cocoon of simplicity. Settled in the wilderness of the French Alps, it welcomes city dwellers seeking relief from the concrete jungle.

Description

One year after unveiling a few images, LUMICENE presents today one of the first LUMIPOD, installed for a private client in the French Alps.

What if experience was the new luxury? The experience of a night surrounded by nature, in absolute silence. As a discreet spectator of Nature, with which we have lost touch. A desire to (re)connect.

LUMIPOD is minimal, like the original cell. Within only 18 square meters, it offers a bedroom, a shower area, a toilet and a wardrobe. A minimalist configuration, but without sacrificing comfort, for a unique experience of re(connection) with Nature.

LUMIPOD is built around a LUMICENE® window. This new concept uses curved glass in aluminium frames sliding between two rails, allowing the interior space to be smoothly transformed into an outdoor space.

Closed, LUMIPOD is a comfortable and protective cocoon… fully immersed in Nature. In a single gesture, LUMIPOD eliminates the boundary between interior and exterior to make way for an unforgettable experience.

The dream of an upscale hotel room surrounded by nature has come true. Perched at 1,000 meters above sea level, in the heart of a pine and oak forest, LUMIPOD offers a panoramic mountain view while blending harmoniously into the landscape. It appears to be part of the natural scenery.

LUMIPOD is wrapped into a black douglas exterior cladding, following the Shou-sugi-ban Japanese tradition. The interior of the cabin has been designed following the standards of high-end hotel rooms. The wall cabinetry and the floor are made of natural oak. The ceiling is covered with a merino wool felt fabric. Curtains over the entire glass surface allow to block out the daylight. The fullytiled
bathroom comprises of a toilet, a shower and a sink.

LUMIPOD is designed and manufactured in Lyon, France. It is now available in 3 sizes: 5, 6 and 7 meters in diameter, from the 18m2 minimalist bedroom to the 36m2 family cocoon. The cabin is made up of 2 half-modules prefabricated in our workshop, compatible with road and maritime transport, and assembled on site within 2 days.

It is positioned on screw piles to minimize the environmental impact. One day, LUMIPOD may disappear without trace. LUMIPOD is now available in Europe where the first units were installed over the last few months. Manufacturing lead time is currently about 3 to 4 months depending on size and options. LUMIPOD will soon be available in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand where
several projects are currently under development.

Photography by Kevin Dolmaire

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