Feeling as if we were in a cocoon while observing the wildlife is the surprising project developed by the company Cole. Cocoon looking habitations hanging from trees in the middle of the Laotian forest. This project could blossom in the Nam Et-Phou Louey Biodiversity Conservation Area in northern Laos.
An ecotourism project
Cole’s goal is to allow tourists discover nature but also to understand the impacts of tourism on wildlife. This project enters the ecotourism movement. Travelers who are looking for nature and green foliage prefer this kind of trip because it permits them to find what there are looking for while respecting the environment.
The spherical structures are eco-friendly. Their design was inspired by nature, which is why their shape looks like a bird or insect nest. They should be built not far from the Nam Poung Village, which would provide employments to the local inhabitants and sustainable and lasting tourism to the region. That second aspect of the project is what makes it an ecotourism project; it is that it includes locals in the making of this initiative and they benefit from it as well.
Respecting the environment
The cocoons will be made out of bamboo and wood, with a solid base made of woven basket. They will be covered with a light fabric in order to protect the tourists from the rain. Each cocoon will be big enough to host two persons.
The little housings obviously do not offer the comfort of a luxury hotel room which is not what they were built for. The idea is to reduce as much as possible the environmental impacts of tourism. The travelers will have to forget surrender their comfort in order to respect the places they visit.
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