On a forested hill close to the small village of Harads, located about eighty kilometers up along the Lule River in the far north of Sweden is the new Tree hotel which was started as a response to the growing interest in wild nature and ecotourism. It establishes a last outpost, or a first base station, on the border between contemporary cultured society and an untouched natural environment.
The Treehotel is run by Brittas Pensionat, which also manages the common service facilities that holds complementary functions; bath, sauna, and a planned chapel. The first five tree rooms were completed in 2010.
ARCHITECT: THAM & VIDEGÅRD ARKITEKTER
Responsible architects: Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård.
Project architect: Andreas Helgesson.
Assistant architects: Mia Nygren, Julia Gudiel Urbano.
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: SWECO, Egil Bartos (structure/construction), SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut, Anders Gustafsson (statics)
PHOTOGRAPHER: Åke E:son Lindman, Lindman Photography
CLIENT: Treehotel AB, Britta och Kent Lindvall, www.treehotel.se
BUILDER: Bomek AB
BUILT AREA: 16kvm
YEAR: 2008 (PROJECT), 2010 (COMPLETION)
LIGHTING: EAGLE pendant light, design Tham & Videgård for Ateljé Lyktan, www.atelje-lyktan.se