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“Why not create a comfortable, well-designed hotel which allows visitors to live in harmony with nature amongst the trees?” This was the question asked by Kent and Britta Lindvall, which consequently triggered the Treehotel project in the midst of the forests of Harads in Northern Sweden. The Swedish film “Trädälskaren” (meaning tree lover) which documents the cultural and historical impact of the tree on modern man, inspired the two entrepreneurs to expand on the tree house concept and turn it into a tree hotel. The coniferous forest where the hotel is located allows guests to escape from city-life and enjoy nature in its purest form.
Five architects designed the Treehotel’s six unique guestrooms, in addition to a sauna and a conference/breakfast room. The 15-30 square meter rooms are situated in pine trees, about four to six feet up, and are accessed by a ramp or sturdy stairs. Since the hotel will be operating throughout the four seasons, there will be an eco-friendly electric under-floor heating system to keep guests warm during sub-zero winters. The green theme also extends to providing each ‘tree room’ with an eco-friendly incineration toilet and water efficient hand basin.
The Mirrorcube, perhaps the most aesthetically appealing room, is a lightweight aluminium structure, hung around a tree trunk, with a mirror glass exterior that all but conceals the cube and blends it in with the picturesque landscape. The Cabin is another room, which resembles a capsule suspended from a deck that is separated from the building in order to allow it to convey its own identity. There is also the Bird’s Nest, which looks like, well, a giant bird's nest, The UFO, The Blue Cone and A Room with a View. While The Mirrorcube, The Bird's Nest, The Cabin and The Blue Cone are finished, The UFO and A Room with A View should be completed by October. The Treehotel is aiming to expand to 24 rooms in the future.