A hotel room hidden in a sphere of birdhouses


By Maxime Tamsett, CNN

Anyone who owns a bird feeder – or a cat – knows that watching the avian world go about its business can be fascinating. Now imagine being at the center of the action in a spherical room suspended among the trees, covered with 350 birdhouses.

That’s what Treehotel, a hotel in Swedish Lapland made up of some of the world’s most eye-catching treehouses, offers with Biosphere – its latest “room”.

Couple and co-owners Kent and Britta Lindvall created the Treehotel in 2010 with modern design and the environment in mind. In partnership with several Scandinavian designers, Treehotel’s initial rooms varied widely in design, from reflective Mirror Cube to the filled branch Bird’s Nest.

Continuing this trend with its eighth installment, Treehotel collaborated with architects and designers from Bjarke Ingels Group, also known as BIG, alongside local bird experts, to create Biosphere.

Accessed by a suspended walkway, visitors can enjoy the black and gray interiors of the 34 square meter suite while admiring their winged neighbors through floor, wall and ceiling windows.

For those who want an even higher view of the forest and the Luleå River, Biosphere includes a roof terrace with 360 degree views.

Located in the village of Harads in northern Sweden, Treehotel is just over an hour’s drive from Luleå Airport. Luleå is about an hour’s flight from Stockholm.

Scheduled to open in May, a night at the Biosphere for two, including breakfast, will cost 12,000 SEK (about $1,200).

Many houses, one house

The facades of the biosphere are home to 350 nesting boxes, hosting birds of all sizes, from western jackdaws and common redstarts to tiny grey-capped chickadees. There are also houses for bees and bats.

Ulf Ӧhman, an ornithologist and president of the Norrbotten County Bird Association, worked on the project. Ӧhman explained in a press release that forestry and climate change have contributed to the decline of several local bird populations, and that bird nests surrounding the biosphere could stem these losses.

“Demonstrating the use of bird nests and food, not just at the Treehotel, but so people can move closer to home, is valuable. An initiative by Treehotel to take such action could inspire their visitors to do the same,” Ӧhman said.

And in case you were wondering, birds don’t fall where they nest, according to Ӧhman, so dirty windows shouldn’t be a problem.

João Albuquerque, one of Biosphere’s architects and partner of BIG, described the goal of the project as integrating the environment into the building.

“We designed our addition to the Treehotel – the Biosphere – to create a unique experience for hotel guests that draws on the qualities of the surrounding forest and absorbs them within,” Albuquerque said in a statement. Press.

“The ecological response is the engine of architectural expression, helping to create a positive environmental impact.”

For more luxury architectural marvels in Sweden, check out this floating hotel.

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