We’re starting our Swedish design trip with one of its most well-known hotels, The Treehotel, located in the small Lapland town of Harads. It is a place so remarkable, not only by the incredible architecture but also by its founders Kent and Britta’s extraordinary vision. In this post we’re more specifically touring the 7th room designed by Snøhetta for the Treehotel. For a tour of the other rooms you can check this blog post and our vlog.
The story started in 2008 when Kent joined some of Scandinavias most celebrated architects on a fishing trip. Around the campfire one evening, they discussed the movie The Tree Lover, which is about a young man escaping the city and building a treehouse by the Lule River. With their joint imagination, the architects decided to design a treehouse in the forests surrounding Kent and Britta, their 100-year-old guesthouse.
The 7th room at the Treehotel currently offers seven unique rooms up in the trees. For our stay, we spent the night in the latest treehouse, room 7, designed by Jenny Osuldsen at Snøhetta. The fact that an award-winning firm of the caliber of Snøhetta has designed for the Treehotel really shows how critical architecture and design are in the mission of The Treehotel. The seventh room is positioned the highest of all rooms, allowing you to sleep under the open sky completely mosquito-free. Mosquitoes do not fly 10 meters up to the sky, so the giant suspended “hammock” could be your “bed” for the night. The structure’s underside shows an image of what the treetops looked like before putting in the treehouse, a fun idea giving a really cool first impression walking up the stairs. The interiors are surprisingly spacious and allow five adults to stay in room 7 comfortably.