Designed by Harry Gesner and Patricia DiMario, the structure is meant to be both luxurious and low-impact, meaning it doesn’t require a foundation and you can take the solar-powered tent with you when you leave the wilderness. That’s good, because it will set you back $100,000 for the smaller, 700-square-foot Cocoon version and $200,000 for the 1,000-square-foot Tipi. That’s more than a few nights in some five-star hotels, but the creators envision its wealthy clientele will be more intrepid and take the tent off the beaten (or paved) path.
Included in that six-digit price tag are steel or aluminum tubes or laminated beams and “high-tech, translucent fabric, which is mildew, rot, and pest resistant,” according to the company. It’s built to withstand 90-mile-per-hour winds and heavy snow. Both designs sit on raised decks.
With the solar panels, the tent can run LED lights, pumps, water filters, and a composting system. Either solar water heater panels or a propane water heater make showers a possibility, with a graywater system filtering the H2O for a greener experience.
If you can’t afford to buy one yourself, there are a few resorts that have them set up. For $495 a night, you can stay in a 500-square-foot version at the Treebones Resort in Big Sur, California, according to Dwell. Complete with a sink and shower, it also has a gas fireplace and comfy bed.
We can almost imagine Phyllis Nefler deigning to spend a night here. Almost.