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AAJ Press
Architecture & Design

Tree Hotel, Sweden: THAM & VIDEGÅRD ARKITEKTER

A mirrored tree hotel in the village of Harads, Sweden near the Arctic Circle. The cabin for two people includes a double bed, a small bath room, a living room and a roof terrace. Access to the cabin is by a rope bridge connected to the next tree. Six cabins are planned to meet the interest in eco-architecturual tourism, managed by a nearby hotel, the Brittas Pensionat.

A shelter up in the trees; a lightweight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, a 4×4×4 meters box clad in mirrored glass. The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is all made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view of the surroundings.

The construction also alludes to how man relates to nature, how we use high tech materials and products when exploring remote places in harsh climates (Gore-tex, Kevlar, composite materials, light weight tents etc).

To prevent birds colliding with the reflective glass, a transparent ultraviolet colour is laminated into the glass panes which are visible for birds only.

http://www.tvark.se

www.treehotel.se

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About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space

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