The Treehotel in Swedish Lapland, is known for its broad variety of innovative cabins, with each having a distinct identity that reacts differently with the forest, and each pushing design parameters in their own way. Working in close collaboration with Treehotel and Swedish ornithologist Ulf Öhman, the new BIG-designed hotel room Biosphere will bring 350 bird houses to the hotel. Suspended in the Harads pines, BIG’s experiential design is the eighth hotel room on the property, with the aim to enhance the surrounding biosphere through design.
By designing a treetop guestroom with a façade of bird nests, the aim of Biosphere is to decrease the downward spiral of the bird population in the Swedish woods and instead strengthen the biosphere and natural habitat. It also takes discussion on immersive hotel experiences and sustainability to a whole new level.
Biosphere is accessed via a suspended bridge that slopes from the ground to the top of the trees. The interior of the 34 square metre guestroom incorporates rich dark interiors and organic materials inspired by the surrounding landscape, which further serve to reinforce the visitors’ gaze outwards and to focus on the natural beauty of the surroundings.
The interior is simple and pragmatic, yet due to its alternating solid-open conceptual make-up, it allows for a range of experiences within a relatively small space. Visitors have access to a roof terrace – bringing guests even closer to the treetop canopies – that offers a 360-degree views of the forest. By varying the individual sizes of the bird nests and expanding them outwards, and based upon the bird type and frequency in the area, light is able to enter the interior space whilst maintaining the outwards views.
Through wrapping the new hotel room so directly in an ecological habitat, guests are provided the opportunity to experience birdlife in close proximity and are invited into the epicentre of nature unfolding. Surrounded by subtle bird song, balanced by the exterior triple glazing façade, guests are provided with an intimate, immersive nature experience.
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