This Floating Hotel Room Is Wrapped In Birdhouses
The Treehotel in Sweden is getting a brand new hotel room designed by Danish architecture studio BIG, and the thing is completely covered in birdhouses.
The room is called Biosphere and it’s a floating room located amongst the trees in the Swedish Lapland. It’s camouflaged by 350 birdhouses that surround the entire room, contributing to Treehotel’s focus on “sustainability and natural tourism, [and helps to] facilitate the conservation of the local bird population,” according to the hotel’s website.
Biosphere — one of eight Treehotel rooms — is suspended above the ground and can be accessed by a bridge that connects the forest floor to the treetops. The birdhouses are connected to a cubic structure that surrounds the entire facade of the building.
Inside, visitors have access to 34 square meters of space that includes a lower-level living room and a sleeping space upstairs. There’s also an incinerating toilet, three liters of water for hand washing, as well as a shower, sauna, and tap water.
Biosphere also offers ample bird watching opportunities through full-height windows and transparent floors and ceilings.
Ulf Öhman, chairman of the Norrbotten Ornithological Association, told Dezeen that forestry has led to a reduced number of natural habitats for breeding birds in the Swedish Laplands and beyond. “The installation of bird nests is therefore an important measure to take.”
“Demonstrating the use of bird nests and feeding, not just at the Treehotel but for people to install near their own homes, is valuable,” Öhman said. “An initiative from Treehotel to take such measures may inspire their visitors to do the same.”
Biosphere will begin taking reservations in May. In the meantime, you can check out the seven other Treehotel offerings that include a mirrored glass box, a giant nest, and a charred timber treehouse.