Destination: 48° Nord Hotel, France

48 degrees nord hotel

Photo by Florent Michel: Courtesy, Design Boom


One part minimalist architecture study and one part wilderness hotel retreat, the 48° Nord hotel in northeastern France by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitecter is a minimally invasive installation of 14 geometric volumes clad in locally sourced chestnut wood. The Norwegian design team was inspired by the traditional Scandinavian hytte, a place where people can escape day-to-day life to reconnect with nature.

Left: Photo by Florent Michel: Courtesy, Design Boom. Right: Photo by Yvan Moreau: Courtesy, Design Boom

Photo by Florent Michel: Courtesy, Design Boom


The 14 cottages that make up this unique destination are all constructed on stilts in an effort to create a minimal impact on their host site. They are grouped into distinct categories based on their use-cases, including the “grass” model, which is a universally accessible single-story design. The “tree” and “ivy” models are tall and more reminiscent of towers, offering panoramic views of the surrounding environment. And finally, the “fjell” which creates protected outdoor spaces for larger family-sized groups.

Photo by Florent Michel: Courtesy, Design Boom

Photo by Florent Michel: Courtesy, Design Boom


Photos by Florent Michel: Courtesy, Design Boom


The Hotel 48° Nord hotel can be found on the French border near Germany and Switzerland, where it is part of the Breitenbach village, a community dedicated to eco-responsibility.


Learn more and book your stay at Hotel 48° Nord here.


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When he's not publishing campervan content or gear reviews on ExPo, Matt Swartz is honing his paragliding skills, hiking a 14er, or exploring the backroads of Colorado. His love of travel has seen him bike across the United States, as well as explore more exotic destinations like the Amazon basin and Patagonia. Matt spent three years living in a 1964 RV with his partner, Amanda. He's worked as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and his photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.