The height of nature: Swedish Treehotel
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The height of nature: Swedish Treehotel

From the spectacular forest landscape to the twinkling sight of the Lule River - the delightful Treehotel in the Harads is as much a treat to the senses as it is to the child in you!

by Ronitaa Italia Sep 07, 2019

The whole point is nature. And what better way to reach out than the Harads in Sweden that translates this idea into reality most eloquently; in that it also provides a uniquely-designed housing experience for guests. Quite literally, it is a place where nature, ecological values, comfort and modern design are combined to give its visitors an exciting adventure.

  • The Blue Cone was constructed in 2010 by Sandell Sandberg. It has been designed for four people with a double bed, and has a living room too | Treehotel | Kent, Britta Lindvall | STIR
    The Blue Cone was constructed in 2010 by Sandell Sandberg. It has been designed for four people with a double bed, and has a living room too Image Credit: Peter Lundström / WDO
  • The Cabin was constructed in 2010 by Cyren and Cyren architects. It has been designed for two people with one double bed | Treehotel | Kent, Britta Lindvall | STIR
    The Cabin was constructed in 2010 by Cyren and Cyren architects. It has been designed for two people with one double bed Image Credit: Peter Lundström / WDO

Inspired by the film The Tree Lover (a tale of three men from the city who want to go back to their roots by building a tree house together), the incredibly unique Treehotel offers high-standard accommodation for guests to relax and recharge in unspoiled nature. Set up by Kent and Britta Lindvall along with some of Scandinavia’s leading architects, the unusually-designed seven ‘treehouse rooms’ are suspended four to six meters above the ground, all with spectacular views of the Lule River. They are all accessible by ramp, bridge or electric stairs.

“A very important part of our concept is the incorporation of ecological values and making minimal environmental impact. For this reason, we devote considerable resources to sustainable constructions and energy solutions,” said Kent and Britta Lindvall.

The seven treehouses have been named Mirrorcube, Bird's Nest, The Cabin, 7th Room, The UFO, Dragonfly, and The Blue Cone.

  • Interiors of a room at the Treehotel | Treehotel | Kent, Britta Lindvall | STIR
    Interiors of a room at the Treehotel Image Credit: Peter Lundström / WDO
  • In the 7th Room, large panoramic windows face north and along with skylights in the bedrooms offer a view of the magnificent northern lights | Treehotel | Kent, Britta Lindvall | STIR
    In the 7th Room, large panoramic windows face north and along with skylights in the bedrooms offer a view of the magnificent northern lights Image Credit: Johan Jansson

With the stunning backdrop of the Lule River Valley and miles of forestland, this quaint guesthouse takes your breath away with its honest true-to-nature concept and non-conformist experience. The experience starts at Britta’s Pensionat, which was the original guesthouse, where guests can check in before they are lead through the unsullied forest to their tree-rooms. All seven suites have been individually designed by some of the best names in Scandinavian architecture and design. The juxtaposition of modern design with warm hospitality and the raw landscape rings in an instant appreciative sensory reaction.

01 min watch Time lapse of the 7th Room, constructed in 2016 by Snøhetta. It has been designed for five people people with two double beds and a bed sofa  | Treehotel | Kent, Britta Lindvall | STIR
Time lapse of the 7th Room, constructed in 2016 by Snøhetta. It has been designed for five people people with two double beds and a bed sofa Video Credit: Peter Lundström / WDO

The rooms are spartan, almost bare, with minimal fuss and definitely no frills. The Treehotel's unique treehouse rooms have been designed by some of Scandinavia’s leading architects like Sandell Sandberg, Mårten Cyren, Gustav Cyren and Rintala Eggertsson Architects, to name a few. In addition, there is also a treehouse sauna situated among the centuries-old pines with room for up to 12 people!

Each room has its own characteristic design language and is unique in theme and appearance - not only the architecture but also the furniture, lighting and fabrics are custom designed. Like the exteriors, the rooms vary in size between 15 sqm to 30 sqm, with the largest rooms accommodating up to four people.

  • The entire underside of the 7th Room’s building is covered with a life size photograph of the treetops to show how it looked before this room came up | Treehotel | Kent, Britta Lindvall | STIR
    The entire underside of the 7th Room’s building is covered with a life size photograph of the treetops to show how it looked before this room came up Image Credit: Johan Jansson
  • The 7th Room is located 10 metres up in the pines, with the treehouse an experience in itself | Treehotel | Kent, Britta Lindvall | STIR
    The 7th Room is located 10 metres up in the pines, with the treehouse an experience in itself Image Credit: Johan Jansson

One of the most heart-warming aspects of the hotel and its operations (as well as the treehouse rooms’ construction) is that it is all environment-friendly to the greatest extent possible, aimed to have minimal impact on nature.

During construction, the tree rooms were built on live trees without destroying the tree or its surrounding parcel of land. An eco-outdoor wood floor, which does not contain any chemical substances, has been used where the wood has been heated to over 200 degrees, to trigger its intrinsic resistance that protects it against destruction. Insulated by underfloor heating, the treehouses enjoy electricity supplied locally from green hydroelectric power.

  • Bathrooms have water-efficient sinks with running water | Treehotel | Kent, Britta Lindvall | STIR
    Bathrooms have water-efficient sinks with running water Image Credit: Peter Lundström / WDO
  • At the Treehotel, the simplicity of the interiors beautifully reflects the serenity of the outdoors | Treehotel | Kent, Britta Lindvall | STIR
    At the Treehotel, the simplicity of the interiors beautifully reflects the serenity of the outdoors Image Credit: Peter Lundström / WDO

Each room is fitted with a modern, environmentally friendly combustion toilet where everything is incinerated at 600 °C. The toilets are completely odourless and powered by electricity. Bathrooms have water efficient sinks with running water sufficient for washing hands, face and brushing teeth. All wastewater is collected in a container that is emptied daily. Showers are located in a separate building.

01 min watch Organic materials, Scandinavian wood and textiles define the interiors of the 7th Room. The facade consists of a black, charred wooden surface, unlike any of the other rooms   | Treehotel | Kent, Britta Lindvall | STIR
Organic materials, Scandinavian wood and textiles define the interiors of the 7th Room. The facade consists of a black, charred wooden surface, unlike any of the other rooms Video Credit: Courtesy of Treehotel

Despite the extraordinary design aesthetics and the almost unforgiving forest landscape, there is something endearingly childlike in the way Treehotel combines the idea of ’holidaying‘ with design and the natural setting. Not surprisingly, this one also ranks high on the list of must-visit places in Sweden and Europe.

Exotic, in an earthy sort of way, this is one of those places that the child in you will appreciate and enjoy as much as the discerning adult - not to mention the stunning ideas you will gather to recreate some of its magic back home.

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Ronitaa Italia

Ronitaa Italia

A prolific writer and journalist with 20 years of experience, Ronitaa has helmed premier magazines - ELLE DECOR India, GoodHomes, Home & Design TRENDS. She is known for her engaging content, piquant ideas, and reportage of design trends.

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