Tree Hotel | Harads, Sweden
Tham & Videgård Arkitekter's treehouse-inspired project has been voted to be one of five category finalists for the Archdaily’s 2011 Building of the Year Award.
February 22, 2012
ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards Finalist: Tree Hotel
A tree hotel in the far north of Sweden, near the small village of Harads, close to the Arctic Circle. A shelter up in the trees; a lightweight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, a 4×4x4 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.
To prevent birds colliding with the reflective glass, a transparent ultraviolet colour is laminated into the glass panes which are visible for birds only.
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).
The functions included provide for a living for two people; 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.
Source: alecschao, ArchDaily
Whoa, fancy. I was immediately concerned about birds crashing into it, but then read the blurb about a transparent ultraviolet colour that’s laminated into the glass panes (only visible to birds). Ok, ok …sounds good. I wonder how expensive or sustainable the lamination is, or if it’s visible to other flying creatures who aren’t avian, such at bats.
Just curious. Poor bats.
Otherwise, I’d sleep there for sure! Except for that one with no wall on the side, you can have that one. *smiles sweetly*