- Sustainable Architecture
- Extension of the Treehotel in Sweden, 7th room by Snøhetta
Treehouses are a dream or even a childhood memory, and we often discuss them here, seeking out some of the examples scattered throughout the world (link tree houses). The latest creation in time is crafted by an international architecture firm and is part of “Treehotel”, located in Sweden. The “7th room” is a bit like a house in the treetops and was designed by Snøhetta, which adds to the list of illustrious names that also includes Tham&Videgårdh and Rintala Eggertson called on to design these unusual “treerooms” in Harads, about 100 km from Luleå in northern Sweden.
Treehotel was inspired by the film “The Tree Lover” that was filmed in this region, and the owners, Britta and Kent Lindvall decided to share their love for trees by crafting integrated accommodation facilities in close contact with nature and respecting the environment as much as possible. The project's overall sustainability is also expressed by restricting environmental impact through hi-tech solutions (combustion toilet, green hydroelectric power, LED lighting, floor heating in each of the rooms).
The 7th Room designed by Snøhetta architecture firm has been added to the Treehotel offer since 20 January 2017, and its architecture blends in harmoniously with the forest, despite its 100 square metre area designed to accommodate five people. One reason for this is the architects' decision to cover the underside of the building with a life size photograph of the treetops as they looked before the room was put in place, which you can see on your approach.
Stairs and landings take you up step by step, so you can start enjoying the gorgeous views straight away, then when you get to the treetops, you've reached the 7th Room with large, panoramic windows and skylights so you can watch the magnificent northern lights. The clean lines and furniture are typically Scandinavian. The real highlight and most spectacular level is the patio, a net with a natural pine growing through it, with the room and all its functions around this. What a great experience, you can even sleep outdoors if you want to, or just climb out onto the tree branches when you feel like it, for an unforgettable stay up close and cosy with the majestic Swedish nature.
Location: Harads, Sweden
Images: courtesy of Treehotel - photographer Johan Jansson
Find out more: http://treehotel.se/