Swedish hotel aims to put you up in the trees

Thu Jul 8, 2010 12:49pm EDT
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By Matt Cowan

LONDON (Reuters) - A lofty new hotel concept is set to open in a remote village in northern Sweden, which aims to elevate the simple treehouse into a world-class destination for design-conscious travelers.

Treehotel, located in Harads about 60 km south of the Arctic Circle, will consist of four rooms when it opens on July 17th: the Cabin, the Blue Cone, the Nest and the Mirrorcube.

Two additional structures are scheduled to open in October - the UFO and A Room With a View.

"Our goal in five years is to have 24 rooms from 24 different architects," says Treehotel co-founder Kent Lindvall, a former guidance counselor who came up with the concept along with his wife Britta.

The first six structures were designed by five different architects. The Mirrorcube which stands four meters high and four meters wide, has drawn widespread attention as it will be attached to a single tree.

"It's an interesting building. You cannot find anything like this in the world today. It's absolutely unique," says Lindvall, as he stands next to the room's mirrored outer wall.

"Everything will reflect in this - the trees, the birds, the clouds, the sun, everything. So it should be invisible nearly in the forest."

Lindvall says a special film will be applied to the glass which will be visible to birds.   Continued...

<p>An undated concept design shows a cross-section of The Mirrorcube, designed by Tham &amp; Videgard Architects, to be constructed on the site of Treehotel in the Swedish village of Harads. REUTERS/Tham &amp; Videgard Architects/Treehotel/Handout</p>