Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

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Tree Hotel by Tham and Videgard Arkitekter

Here are some photographs of the completed Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, a mirrored glass box suspended round the trunk of a tree in Harads, northern Sweden. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.

Tree Hotel by Tham and Videgard Arkitekter

The 4x4x4 metre cube is accessed by rope bridge and reflects the surrounding forest and sky.

Tree Hotel by Tham and Videgard Arkitekter

The plywood interior is designed to accommodate two people, containing a double bed, bathroom, living room and roof terrace.

Tree Hotel by Tham and Videgard Arkitekter

The hotel was opened to the public in July 2010.

Tree Hotel by Tham and Videgard Arkitekter

More about the Tree Hotel in our earlier story.

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Tree Hotel by Tham and Videgard Arkitekter

Photographs are by Åke E:son Lindman

The information that follows is from Tham & Videgård Arkitekter:


Tree hotel in Harads (2008-2010)

A tree hotel in the far north of Sweden, near the small village of Harads, close to the polar circle.
 
A shelter up in the trees; a lightweight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, a 4x4x4 meters box clad in mirrored glass.

Tree Hotel by Tham and Videgard Arkitekter

The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge.

Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

The interior is all made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view of the surroundings.

Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

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).

Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

The functions included provides for a living for two people; a double bed, a small bath room, a living room and a roof terrace.

Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Access to the cabin is by a rope bridge connected to the next tree.

Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

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

Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
The tree hotel in Harads focuses on wild life-/eco tourism where one encounters and experiences the pristine nature of Sweden.

Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Architects: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, www.tvark.se
Chief architects: Martin Videgård and Bolle Tham.
Staff: Andreas Helgesson, Julia Gudiel Urbano, Mia Nygren.

Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Client: Brittas Pensionat, Britta Lindvall and Kent Lindvall,


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  • Antny

    This is awesome….I hate birds, they shut down projects. I'd like to see these everywhere

  • http://twitter.com/instruct @instruct

    Amazing design, It's not a place you would spend a week in but maybe a night so perfect for something a little different.

    My only question would be insulation and heat, I can imagine it being freezing inside given its location so how would it get heated and retain heat with those thin walls??

    Also the sink shown in the plans, where does the water come from and go when used?

  • http://www.bhhotel.co.uk/ Guest house Cotswold

    A very interesting design, would look great in any forest.

  • JImena

    Beautiful…but i bet a lot of birds will crash on it.

  • vampire

    how does the toilet work? without drainage and also kitchen with no water?

  • Brian Hsu

    Although mirror looks fit in, however, it will cause flying birds hitting on and crash.

  • Steve

    I love new and creative ideas like this and would try this in a heartbeat however I would not want to be in it during an electrical thunder storm. I wonder how they keep water from running down the tree trunk into the box during a heavy rain. If you could open any of the windows, it could double as a deer blind as well.

  • Ponza Vaughan

    What about coffee? Did not see a kitchen.

  • Bird

    How many birds will crash against this “fashioned beautiful” human structure?

  • Sebas

    Brilliant idea until the birds begin to crash.