Treehotel in Harads, Sweden - new eco based design hotel
Wednesday 14, July 2010
Treehotel is a new eco based design hotel concept, with rooms high above the ground in pines, drawn by Sweden's best architects. With a plan of building 24 new rooms in a period of 5 years.
Treehotel is located in the beautiful village of Harads, approximately 60 km south of the Arctic Circle, and one hour drive from Luleå, which has the largest airport in northern Sweden. Harads is a place that surrounded by forest and water and by stillness and wilderness. Here lives 600 inhabitants. Harads has restaurants, stores, hostel, gas station, swimming facilities, view point Klippan and a beautiful church.
'Why not create a comfortable, well designed hotel which allows visitors to live in harmony with nature amongst the trees?'
Well, with the help of a group of well known designers and architects, Tree Hotel has now turned the idea into a reality. It has a group of unique rooms created in harmony with nature, and with our ecological values. They are all set in the forest where they live, a refinement of the local conditions. “Dig where you stand” as the saying goes.
It is important that we find another way to value the forest, rather than to cut the trees for industrial use. This Boreal forest is one of the Earth’s lungs. We need to look after it.
The inspiration came from the documentary film “Trädälskaren” (Treelover) by Jonas Selberg Augustsen. It is the story of three men from the urban environment who look to get back to their roots by building a tree house together. It is a philosophical film about what “the tree” means to us humans, both historically and culturally.
It has been the inspiration to expand the idea into a hotel, with the added dimension of innovative modern design.
The tree rooms
In first generation there are four uniquely themed Tree Houses, created by 4 separate architects. In addition there will be a sauna and a relaxing area room which will seat 12 guests comfortably. This is the first Tree Hotel in the world with a Sauna. There will also be a briefing room with disabled access and facilities.
The rooms will vary from 15 – 30 square meters, range between 4-6 meters from the ground and build mainly with wood, though one room has a glass facade. All of the Tree Houses will be situated up in pine trees.
The rooms can be accessed by either a ramp or sturdy stairs. Two of the rooms will have electric retractable stairs.
Every Tree House will have its own living and sleeping areas. Two of the Tree Houses will accommodate 2 beds and the remaining two Tree Houses will have 4 beds, which would be ideal for families. Each Tree House will be equipped with its own state of the art eco-friendly incineration toilet and water efficient hand basin, which means there is no artificial plumbing. The interior of each Tree House will be uniquely designed by the architect, with its own furniture and lighting to complement the individual theme.
The Tree Hotel will be open all year round, which means their guests will be able to benefit from either of the lovely hot summer or the beautiful winters. To make this possible, each Tree Hotel will have an electric under-floor heating system which will be delivered from an eco-friendly source of electricity.
The Tree Hotel is offering a new experience living close to nature in a place of great natural beauty, where joyful childhood memories can be relived with added comfort and sophistication.
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