Treehotel - eco luxury on the Arctic Rim

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  • Many hotels around the world offer guests the chance to get closer to nature, but only this one, in the forests of Swedish Lapland, lets them disappear within it.

    Treehotel is an eco based boutique design hotel located just outside Harads, a small town just 60km from the Arctic Circle.

    Think abstract luxury tree house.

    Drawn by Sweden’s best architects, a series of unique rooms including a giant birds nest, a mirror cube and a UFO sit high above the ground as a series of suspended sculptures. Each tree house is unique and there are plans to build another 20 over the next five years.

    The mirrorcube tree house is designed to render the lodging practically invisible in the trees.  Its facades are a constantly changing reflection of forest and skies. The cube can disappear completely from view one minute and reappear the next as the sun moves out from behind the clouds.

    The Bird’s Nest is also concealed in the forest canopy, but using a different technique. Circular and clad on the outside with branches foraged from the forest floor, it is designed as a cocoon.  Access is another novelty – an electronic ladder operated by remote control that can be withdrawn completely once the guests are inside. From below, only the branches of the nest’s base are visible, the way in is concealed.

    The inspiration came from the documentary film “Trädälskaren” (Treelover) by Jonas Selberg Augustsen. It is the story of three men from the urban environment who look to get back to their roots by building a tree house together. It is a philosophical film about what “the tree” means to us humans, both historically and culturally.

    In addition to the photographs below, we recommend you use this link to check out some stunning shots from the Italian photographer Mauro Puccini for Italian Vanity Fair.

    Oh...and if you are feeling a bit city bound and wanna feel the love just go to their website and press ‘start’. ;)

    For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver
    - Martin Luther King

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    References: http://www.treehotel.se/en/