Camping has its charms, but a lot of people do prefer a bit more comfort when vacationing. The latter will be happy to learn that architect Harry Gesner recently designed a very unique alternative to a regular tent for the Denver, Colorado start-up Autonomous Tents. His creation is a comfortable, off-the-grid tent-like structure, which could make anyone fall in love with camping all over again.


Each Autonomous tent is constructed out of a hi-tech fabric, which is also resistant to rot and mildew. This fabric is attached to a sturdy frame, which is strong enough to withstand up to loads of up to 30 pounds per square foot (which makes it perfect for use in winter), as well as winds blowing at up to 90 miles per hour. The frame can either be made of steel or aluminum tubing, or laminated wood beams.



The tents can be set up for temporary use, or as permanent structures. When used in remote locations, the tents can be fitted with solar panels, a water filtration system and a composting toilet, meaning they can be used completely independent of the grid. The tents are also very simple to set up, while their curved, unobtrusive design allows them to blend in perfectly in any type of landscape.

Autonomous Tents are fully customizable and are available in two sizes, namely the 500 to 700-square-foot Cocoon, and the 1,000-square-foot Tipi. They are quite costly though, with the smaller one costing $100,000 and the larger one $200,000. Most of this cost is due to the necessity of building a raised deck on which the tents are erected. Since these tents are a great glamping tent, let’s hope that future versions of it are cheaper and therefore more accessible to the average glamper.