Can a hotel be up in the trees? Any tree house loving kid would answer a ringing YES! to that question. But why should tree houses be part of childhood only! Inspired by the film ” The Tree Lover ” by Jonas Selberg Augustsen, a film about three men who build a tree house together, Kent and Britta Lindvall created Treehotel.
Treehotel in Harads, Sweden, are high standard tree rooms built 4-6 meters above the ground, designed by some of Scandinavia´s most well reputed architects. From the tree rooms who go under imaginative names like: The Cabin, The Bird´s nest, The Blue Cone, The Ufo!! (looks like a space ship) and the newly opened The Mirrorcube, guests can enjoy the breathtaking unspoiled nature of Lule River valley and the endless forest landscape from up in the trees. The first tree rooms are designed by architects: Sandell Sandberg, Mårten Cyrén, Inredningsgruppen and Tham & Videgård.
The rooms of Treehotel are built with minimal impact on the surroundings, on the actual living trees without destroying them or nature. The Lindvalls want to create a place where nature, ecological values comfort and modern design are combined. The architecture, furniture, lighting and fabrics are custom designed and each room is as unique as their names. The rooms vary in size between 15-30 m² and a total of 24 rooms have been planned.
Treehotel opened its wooden doors summer 2010, but has already created a buzz in world media. When treehugger.com wrote about the hotel, the site broke down due to the storm of interested readers. Treehotel has been awarded the most prestigious tourism award in Sweden: The Grand Tourism Prize and is nominated to Träpriset (Wooden prize) 2012. Obviously tree houses are fascinating stuff not only to kids but to the grown up world as well.