Snohetta recently completed a treetop retreat floating among the forest canopy of pine trees for the Treehotel in northern Sweden. As you near the seventh room from below and look up at the sky, the entire underside of the building is covered by a life-size photograph of the treetops as they looked before the room was put in place.
The room is located ten meters up in the pines. The way up is an experience in itself, stairs and landings take visitors closer to the clouds, step by step. As you reach the large, lush, Lapland treetops, with a breathtaking view of the Lule River, you have arrived at your destination. Large panoramic windows face north and along with skylights in the bedrooms, allowing guests to watch the magnificent northern lights.
Twelve columns carry the cabin, reducing the load borne by the trees and its impact on the surrounding forest. This gives a feeling of height and weightlessness, as well as stability. Built as a traditional Nordic cabin, the wooden façade is clad with pine boards. The surface is burnt to create a dark and maintenance free façade. The indoor flooring is made from ash wood, while birch plywood is used for the interior walls. With complementing light, wooden furniture, the interior makes up a blonde Nordic contrast to the dark exterior.