The first residents have checked into Snøhetta’s treehouse – a black and white cabin in the air at Lapland’s Treehotel.
Dubbed 7th Room, the treehouse hovers 10 metres above the ground, suspended among the pine forest’s canopy.
‘We thought the most iconic thing is maybe the forest itself,’ says Snøhetta partner Jenny B Osuldsen. ‘All the other projects are more or less suspended from the trees so we thought maybe we can make something that makes the forest more important and not the tree room.’
The Norwegian practice built the treehouse from charred pine, helping it blend into its forest surrounds. Accessed via a soaring staircase, it features ash flooring and birch plywood interior walls, drawing on the traditional Nordic cabin.
Bespoke furniture inside the contemporary treehouse is made from blonde Nordic timber, adding to the black-and-white palette.
Up to five guests can stay at 7th Room, which has a large living room and two double bedrooms. Beds have been sunk into the floor beneath skylights so guests can look up at the night sky – and perhaps capture a glimpse of Aurora Borealis.
Huge windows have also been installed across the contemporary treehouse too, while a netted terrace folds off the living room for plucky guests who want to stand, or even sleep, under the stars.
Not be be overlooked, the cabin’s underside has been covered in a black and white photograph of the tree canopy, which has been printed onto aluminium sheeting.
Snøhetta’s cabin is the largest – and tallest – addition to Lapland’s Treehotel, set up by Kent and Britta Lindvall in 2010. The couple have commissioned a slew of Scandinavian architects to design each of the seven treehouse suites.