Sweden’s Treehotel was already a renowned bucket-list hotspot, but it’s just become even more sought after due to architect firm Snøhetta’s new ‘7th room’. High among the pines, the charred-timber treehouse has breathtaking views over Lapland and the Lule River. The highlight is undoubtedly the ‘stargazing net’, so you can sit among the trees and enjoy nature’s greatest light show.
Joining six other super-cool treehouses already on the site, Snøhetta has taken a proper Nordic cabin and suspended it 10m (33 ft.) up in the air, providing guests with an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience.
At 55m² (592 ft.²), this isn’t your average treehouse – it’s got all the bells and whistles of a luxury cabin, with the added bonus of being able to hunt the aurora borealis from the comfort of your own living room.
As you approach the treehouse, it’s cleverly camouflaged by an aluminium bottom that’s printed with images of trees reaching up to the sky, blending the boundaries between the cabin and its natural habitat.
While the exterior of the building is dark, clad in charred timber, inside, the blonde plywood and ash floors make for a light and bright interior. With two bedrooms, a social lounge area, bathroom and the airy terrace, the cabin accommodates up to five guests.
The 7th room is designed to bring people and nature together, and its social spaces in particular blur the indoor-outdoor distinction. This is best demonstrated in the lounge area, with a huge floor-to-ceiling north-facing window providing prime viewing of the Northern Lights, while a large glazed door leads to the netted terrace area, where you can sleep among the pines under a starry sky if you’re brave enough.
For those who prefer their creature comforts, you can snuggle up by the pellet stove or curl up on one of Hans Brattrud’s Scandia Chairs with a good book. You won’t miss the view even if you’re sleeping inside, as both bedrooms have expansive, openable skylights to gaze at the night sky. The bedrooms are located on opposite sides of the cabin, facing the netted terrace, with sliding glass doors to access it.