Treehotel: Recline in Pine

An Eco-Friendly Retreat in Sweden's Enchanted Forest

Sweden’s dense boreal forest has a new addition to its mass of 140-year-old pines: seven beautifully incongruous structures that constitute Treehotel, an innovative project conceived by husband and wife team Britta Jonsson-Lindvall and Kent Lindvall. Treehotel was inspired by Swedish indie director Jonas Selberg Augustsén’s 2008 eco-documentary Trädälskaren (The Tree Lover), which follows a group of friends who break free from their mundane jobs and take to the woods, building their own treehouse home. The Lindvalls’ forest dwellings are far from textbook in style—you'd be forgiven for mistaking "The Mirror Cube," for example, for a minor work of conceptual art—and have been created by some of Sweden’s most cutting-edge architects, including Bertil Harström (winner of the Excellent Swedish Design Award) and Tham & Videgård (the firm behind the Kalmar Museum of Art). The seven room-size dwellings also include “The Bird’s Nest,” a circular pod covered in twisted branches, and “The Blue Cone,” a miniaturized house with a pitched roof that appears to be built entirely of Lego. Each house is powered by sustainable electricity and is attached to its respective tree via a metal clamp (adjustable to fit the tree as it continues to grow) rather than with screws and nails. To document these serene perches, NOWNESS asked photographer Elizabeth Toll to venture into the forest.

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  • Yilva
    Definitely something really different.
    • Posted By Yilva
    • April 06, 2014 at 9:07AM
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  • hollymags
    where is this exactly?
    • Posted By hollymags
    • February 28, 2011 at 4:31AM
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  • sally dickson
    Hi, Why are there only 5 different rooms, when the article mentions 7 designs? What do the two other look like?
    • Posted By sally dickson
    • February 01, 2011 at 11:31AM
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