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This impressive treetop hotel by Snøhetta ‘floats' above a forest floor

With a suspended net terrace for star-gazing

Bottom-up view of dark cabin perched on thin columns amid pine trees in a snow-covered forest.
The bottom of the cabin is printed with images of trees, giving the illusion of transparency.
Photos © Johan Jansson courtesy of Snøhetta

This treetop hotel is not your ordinary treehouse. Located in Harads in northern Sweden, the impressive 55-square-meter (592 square feet) space appears to float ten meters (approximately 33 feet) above the forest floor and camouflages itself within the tree canopy.

Dubbed the 7th Room, it was designed by Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta and sits on twelve thin columns that provide stability as well as the sensation of weightlessness. They also lessen the load on the surrounding trees. An aluminum sheet covering the bottom of the cabin, which the architects call the “sixth facade,” is printed with images of trees reaching up into the sky, further integrating the structure within its environment and creating the illusion of transparency. A staircase, along with a small luggage lift, leads guests into the cozy space.

The hotel was designed as a traditional Nordic cabin, with a burnt facade clad with pine boards, and an interior lined with ash wood on the floors and birch plywood on the walls. Comprising two bedrooms, a lounge area, and a bathroom, the cabin accommodates up to five guests over two levels of varying floor heights. The beds, for instance, are sunken into the floor. At the center of the structure is a netted terrace with a tree piercing through, and the rooms, with its walls of sliding glass doors, face it.

Primed for taking in breathtaking views of the Lapland treetops, Lule River, and the Aurora Borealis, the 7th Room—part of the larger Treehotel—makes for an unforgettable, nature-centric getaway.