Dude, where’s my treehouse hotel?
That’s not the title of a bad sequel to an Ashton Kutcher movie of a similar name. It’s what you might be saying to your room mate were you and he guests at The Treehotel in Harads, Sweden. That’s because one of the accommodations options there, the Mirrorcube, is invisible!
Designed by the Stockholm-based firm Tham & Videgård Arkitekter (creators of many a cool architectural concepts), the Mirrorcube features reflective external surfaces. The smooth exterior of the cube-shaped structure is extremely difficult to detect in the middle of a thick forest—especially in the arctic rays of Lapland, northern Sweden, where the light can play tricks on your eyes even when there aren’t mirrored buildings about.
The Mirrorcube is suspended above the ground on wires strung from four trees and is reached by way of a (thankfully visible) rope bridge. By the time the entire Treehotel complex is complete—it opened in the summer of 2010 and construction is ongoing—it will feature a second invisible-esque treehouse abode; it will be reached via a rope ladder (see artist rendition to the right).
Once you find your invisible treehouse—or, we should say if you find your invisible treehouse—and make your way inside you my wonder where all the space has disappeared to. The interior of the Mirrorcube is only 16 sq. m (172 sq. ft.), though that’s enough for a kitchenette, queen bed, small bathroom and sitting area. The coolest feature may be the upper outdoor deck that offers views of the forest from a perch not visible from the ground. Imagine the fun you can have suddenly appearing to the people walking below à la Harry Potter throwing off his cloak of invisibility.
As for the rest of the Treehotel complex, it includes a spa, a conference area and a treetop 12-person sauna! Those looking for arboreal accommodations of the more seeable variety have four options. Each is open year-round, each is powered by renewable energy and each was designed by a different architect:
• The Bird’s Nest – a living area that traverses three cedar trees.
• The Blue Cone – a large windowed cabin (that’s red) on silts.
• The Cabin – a capsule perched up close to the tree canopy level.
• The UFO – a shiny oval pod reached via trap door.
A night at the Mirrorcube will set you back €475, an amount that will most definitely not be invisible on your credit card bill.
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