Not many hotels are placed in remote and secluded areas and it’s a shame because a lot of time we search for relaxing destinations and experiences and these are usually the exception. The Arctic Treehouse Hotel in Rovaniemi, Finland is special not only because of its location but also because it’s not a single large building but a collection of small ones. They’re spread across a natural slope, between the existing trees, with as little impact on the land as possible.
This unusual hotel was designed by Studio Puisto. The project was completed in 2016 after a 15 month process. It covers 1450 square meters of space on a steep natural slope populated with trees. It’s organized into a series of small individual units perched on support columns. They’re spread between the trees and they highlight the site and its views.
There’s a larger main structure and several smaller ones. They have green roofs which compensate for the footprint lost during construction, giving back what was stolen from nature. The units are designed as cozy timber structures using warm materials and colors. Wood is extensively used throughout the units. The ceilings and walls are covered in dark-stained wood which complements the oiled parquet flooring.
The main building features terraces that frame the spaces and the views. It has a large and open foyer area organized around a ceiling-mounted fireplace. The steel fireplace is the focal point of the lobby. The space is linked to the kitchen area and to the hotel’s restaurant. A staircase leads to the gallery area which houses the offices and meeting spaces.
The common areas such as the lounge and dining zones are large and open and in spite of that they look and feel very safe and cozy thanks to the warm palette of brown and other earthy colors and the selection of materials. In the restaurant the high ceiling is decorated with beautiful pendant lamps shaped like pinecones.
All the bedrooms have full-height windows with views of the valley. They’re also decorated with serene and fresh colors and soft and warm textures and materials. Textiles, leather, wool, timber and all the materials and finishes combined here result in a very welcoming and comfortable decor with a soothing and cozy ambiance.