Welcome to the Treehouse
The idea for the Treehotel was born when Kent Lindvall, the owner, and three friends went on a fishing trip in Russia. One night, as they drank vodka around a campfire, Kent brought up the idea to his friends, who all happened to be architects. They embraced the idea immediately. Soon after, the group was walking through the woods in Harads, a small village in Northern Sweden. As they scouted for possible locations, it was important to find places where they wouldn’t need to cut down any trees to make room. “We made small paths that fit in perfectly with the forest without taking anything out, so when you come up here it’s absolutely untouched nature,” Kent explains.
He gave the architects complete creative freedom, asking only that they come up with a unique design and not speak to each other during the process. “They had to do it by themselves and couldn’t look at any other ideas. They had to create something new that you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world.”
They began with four different tree houses: The Cabin, The Blue Cone, The Bird’s Nest and The Mirrorcube. Kent claims he doesn’t have a favorite. “They are all so different. It depends on your mood. If you want to be free and alone, you stay in The Bird’s Nest because nobody can reach you up there. You can pull up the stairs with a remote control. The Blue Cone has the biggest window and the best views. The Cabin is perfect for a couple. It has a really nice, big bed in the center of the room where you can see nature outside form your pillow, and of course The Mirrorcube is very unique. It fits everywhere, because wherever you put it in the forest, it’s just the reflection of its surroundings, a reflection of nature.”
Kent and his wife Britta, who run the hotel together, hope to build several new tree houses each year. So far they’ve added A Room With a View, which boasts large, floor-to-ceiling windows that look directly into the forest as well as The UFO, which looks exactly as you might guess, a glowing blue frisbee-like structure with large headlights, so to speak, poised up in the trees. Kent calls it “a boy’s dream,” but that could really describe any of their rooms. What grown-up boy, or girl, for that matter, wouldn’t want that?