Treehouses. It seems almost every adult maintains fantasies about them. Have you ever desired a tree-vacation for the bird’s eye view? Wanted to be smothered in the free essential oils of Forest? Sought some solitude? Free of clutter? I have just the place for you—where Design pays a visit to Nature.
Treehotel in Harads, Sweden. (The link should bring you to the Google translator.)
Now a trip just south of the Arctic Circle may not have been on your top ten, but maybe a look at this will win you over to visit. And I realize there are other hotels that latch on to that yen to return to youth-play and tree escapism. And some do it Swiss Family Robinson style. But if your tastes navigate elsewhere, Treehotel might just be the ticket.
The project is a collaboration between some of Scandinavia’s leading designers and architects. I read that the plan includes erecting 24 units over a five year period and to continue adding variety and architectural involvement. Steps toward minimizing the hotel’s environmental impact—including eco-friendly plumbing and heating—are considered. In the case of the Mirrorcube, Treehotel’s co-founder Kent Lindvall (guidance counselor turned hotelier) says a special film applied to the glass will be visible by birds.
Whether or not you are able to go out on this limb of a tree-trip, DO look at the fun pictures on the Treehotel website (link above). There’s the Mirrorcube unit which I’ve pictured above, the Bird’s Nest, the UFO, and others. Rise above it all on this trip.
Nancy R. Peck