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5 Coolest Tree Houses This Side of Childhood

By Katherine Butler |
A hotel in Sweden is taking this childhood fantasy and turning it into reality of adult coolness.

A new hotel in Sweden is taking this childhood fantasy and turning it into reality of adult coolness.

You love a tree house, I love a tree house, who doesn’t love a tree house? I can’t think of a man or beast who wouldn’t like to hike up among the leaves to sit out an afternoon. A new hotel in Sweden is taking this childhood fantasy and turning it into reality of adult coolness. The Treehotel, located in Sweden, opens this summer. They plan to operate all year round, just 60 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle.  http://www.treehotel.se/en/start To which we say – heck yeah!

The Treehotel is located in scenic Harads, a small town of 600 surrounded by forests and untouched wilderness. There are six uniquely-themed treerooms created by five separate architects. The Treehotel employs green electricity for their heating systems, and they have a specially-designed water system called a Rukkomoinika. Each room is given three liters of water per night – and so as to not waste a drop, water is collected under the sinks every night. The toilets are eco-friendly, and even the paint is made from simple eggs and water.

Better yet? Here are the visuals:

THE BLUE CONE
By Sandell Sandberg
Image courtesy of Treehotel



This treeroom is made up of one double bed first level and two single adult beds on the loft. Founded on three points of support, it has a traditional wood construction and a façade of split birch. One of its coolest features is that you can only access it by the bridge attached to the mountain.

THE MIRRORCUBE
By Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård
Image courtesy of Treehotel



This structure is a lightweight aluminum structure hung around a tree trunk. It was designed to reflect the surroundings and the sky, creating a “camouflaged refuge.” Further, the cube is covered with an infrared film with falcon forms invisible for humans – to prevent birds from flying straight into the structure.

THE BIRD’S NEST
By Inredningsgruppen/Bertil Harström
Image courtesy of Treehotel



This treeroom houses four beds, one double bed and two single child beds. It is designed to simply appear as a giant bird’s nest, only discernible as in its large scale. (Which is probably a good thing for the area nesting birds.) A retractable staircase allows you to access the room, though some of your avian neighbors would probably fly right in if welcomed.

THE CABIN
By Cyrén & Cyrén
Image courtesy of Treehotel



This is an artist’s rendering of The Cabin, which is currently under construction. This treeroom is constructed to provide a great view of the Luleå River. It was designed to be a footbridge leading to a deck with the potential for future growth.

THE UFO
By Inredningsgruppen / Bertil Harström
Image courtesy of Treehotel



Treehotel calls this “a boy’s dream,” though I think it’s a cool option for anyone with a space bug. Designed to look like a magical UFO among the treetops, it has a composite exterior with classic round porthole windows. There are also separate rooms inside the UFO.

The Treehotel has two more rooms currently under construction – “The Tree Sauna” and the “Room with a View.” Check out their eco-philosophy and more at their website. http://www.treehotel.se/en/start

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