Now that’s what we call a tree house!
A new ecological development in Sweden, called the Tree Hotel, is creating a stunning architectural homage to the lungs of our planet – the trees.
Situated in a forest area, near the small village of Harads, which is located approximately an hour by car from Luleå (Kallax) airport, the Treehotel, is, according to its developers, “based on the genuine experience of nature so it’s a given that sustainability and ecological values are two pillars of our hotel operation.”
Aesthetically beautiful, while at the same time incorporating the best of modern and innovative design, the hotel plans to offer 24 rooms in all. Currently five treerooms are completed and a tree sauna for up to twelve people, situated among the centuries-old pines.
The developers say:
We build our treerooms in the natural forest while hardly affecting the surroundings. We choose material and construction techniques that make as little environmental impact as possible. We build on live trees without destroying the tree and we do not chop down any trees or damage nature while building. Mostly we use local construction companies.
Each room is unique. Not only the architecture but also its furniture, lighting and fabrics are custom designed. The rooms vary in size between 15-30 m², with the largest rooms accommodating up to four people.
We have chosen Eco outdoor wood floor, which doesn´t contain any chemical substances. The wood is heated to over 200 degrees, which triggers their intrinsic resistance to protect against destruction.
The treerooms all have good insulation and are warmed up by underfloor heating. The electricity is supplied locally from green hydroelectric power. And the lighting consists of low-energy LED-systems.
Daily operations have minimal impact on nature as well. The treerooms have no sewage system and when cleaning, we always use eco-friendly products.
Each room has a modern, environmentally friendly combustion toilet where everything is incinerated at 600 °C. The toilets are completely odourless and powered by electricity. Mirrorcube, on the other hand, has a freezing-toilet, also electrically powered and completely odourless. In winter, it also contributes to heating.
Bathrooms have water-efficient sinks with running water sufficient for washing hands, face and brushing teeth. All wastewater is collected in a container that is emptied daily. Showers are located in a separate building. (www.treehotel.se)
Treehotel was inspired by the film ”The Tree Lover” by Jonas Selberg Augustsen. The film tells the story of three men who live in the city and want to go back their roots by building a tree house together. “The Tree Lover” is a seen as a philosophical story about the significance of trees for us human beings.
Visit the site www.treehotel.se to see the interiors and to read more about this innovative development. In the meantime, here are some more pictures of the Treehouses.