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Tham & Videgård Arkitekter | Tree Hotel in Harads

Concept & Competition Tham & Videgård Arkitekter | Tree Hotel in Harads

A tree hotel in the far north of Sweden, near the small village of Harads, close to the polar circle. A shelter up in the trees; a lightweight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, a 4x4x4 meters box clad in mirrored glass. The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is all made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view of the surroundings.

Tham & Videgård Arkitekter | Tree Hotel in HaradsThe construction also alludes to how man relates to nature, how we use high tech materials and products when exploring remote places in harsh climates (Gore-tex, Kevlar, composite materials, light weight tents etc). The functions included provides for a living for two people; a double bed, a small bath room, a living room and a roof terrace. Access to the cabin is by a rope bridge connected to the next tree.

Tham & Videgård Arkitekter | Tree Hotel in HaradsTo prevent birds colliding with the reflective glass, a transparent ultraviolet colour is laminated into the glass panes which are visible for birds only.

Location: Harads, Sweden
Architect: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Chief architects: Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård.
Team: Andreas Helgesson, Julia Gudiel Urbano, Mia Nygren.
Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman
Client: Brittas Pensionat, Britta Lindvall and Kent Lindvall
Period time: 2008-2010
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