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Trunk Show

Tree house design goes out on a limb

Text by M.P. Klier

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Photo by Peter Lundstrom/Courtesy of Treehotel
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UFO, by Bertil Harström/Inredningsgruppen
Harads, Sweden

The UFO is one of six tree houses that have (not quite) landed in the northern Sweden village of Harads since 2010. Inspired by the film The Tree Lover, about three urbanites who reconnect with nature while building a tree house, innkeepers Britta and Kent Lindvall have turned a Lapland forest plot into a showcase for cutting-edge Scandinavian designers and architects. At their Treehotel, each "treeroom" must be built and operate "while hardly affecting the surroundings"—which is certainly true of Bertil Harström's lightweight UFO from an ecological standpoint, but impossible from a visual one. While a stay here is not quite luxurious or cheap (about US$680 a night for two adults and two children), imagine the vacation photos—especially if you visit during the northern lights!


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