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Tree Hotel / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

  • Architects: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
  • Location: Harads, Sweden
  • Architects: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
  • Chief Architects: Martin Videgård and Bolle Tham
  • Collaborators: Andreas Helgesson, Julia Gudiel Urbano, Mia Nygren
  • Client: Tree Hotel / Brittas Pensionat, Britta Lindvall and Kent Lindvall
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman

From the architect. A tree hotel in the far north of Sweden, near the small village of Harads, close to the polar circle.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

A shelter up in the trees; a lightweight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, a 4x4x4 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.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

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).

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

The functions included provides 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.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

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

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