Sweden's invisible treehouse hotel set to open
Friday 16 July 2010
If you go down to the woods in Sweden, you're sure of a big surprise - this weekend, an innovative new hotel is set to open amongst the trees.
The inspiration for the hotel comes from the documentary Tradelskaren ( The Tree Lover), a 2008 Swedish production which follows the adventures of three urbanites who attempt to get back to their roots by building a tree house together.
But for Britta and Kent Lindvall, who operate a guesthouse in the village of Harads, some 60 km south of the Arctic Circle, a single tree house wasn't enough, so they decided to create a treetop hotel.
Over the next five years, the couple plan to create 24 rooms in the forest, aiming for a "comfortable, well designed hotel which allows visitors to live in harmony with nature amongst the trees."
Designed by some of Sweden's top architects, the rooms of this unusual hotel will range in size and shape - from a natural-looking bird's nest dangling from the trees to a treetop "Room with a View" cabin resting on a steel structure.
Perhaps the coolest cabin will be the Mirrorcube, a lightweight aluminium structure coated in mirrored glass to effectively camouflage it - making the room appear from nowhere to outsiders while offering stunning views from the inside-out for the residents.
Rates differ from room to room, starting from 3,500 SEK (€372) for two and including a breakfast buffet.
Locals say that if visitors can find the hotel, they think it will be very successful, and although the concept isn't a new one (one treetop hotel in the Amazon has been welcoming guests since the 1980s), it's certainly one of the most extreme - the average temperature in the region in February is -11 degrees Celsius.
See the inspiration for the hotel here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN8KP-6wUGA
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