When taking some time off and going on a vacation there are usually two main choices: pick a popular, urban location with lots of attractions and people nearby or pick a secluded destination where you can disconnect completely from all the noise and stress or the city and just enjoy nature. Hotel cabins are a wonderful option. There are many marvelous destinations that can offer you just that and today we’re taking a closer look at 10 of them.
The Tree Hotel from Harads, in Sweden lets you sleep high up among the trees, in a cube-shaped cabin built around a tree trunk. It’s a 4 by 4 by 4 structure all entirely clad in mirrored glass. All of its sides reflect the surroundings and the sky, making the cabin almost invisible to the eye. To make sure birds don’t collide with the cabin, the glass is laminated with a transparent ultraviolet layer only visible to the birds. The interior of the cabin is made of plywood and the views are definitely amazing. This was a project by studio Tham & Videgård Arkitekter.
It’s not a treehouse but it looks quite similar to one. The Shangri-la Cabin was designed and built by studio DRAA and is located in Ñuble, Chile. It’s the first of a series of elevated mountain cabins built among trees. It stands on a thin concrete platform and was designed to have as little impact on the land as possible. This platform raises the cabin 3 meters above ground and a staircase offers access inside. The interior is asymmetrical and includes the entrance, a kitchenette, a living/ sitting area, bedroom and bathroom.
The PAN cabins are a project developed by architecture studio espen surnevik and is located in the Finnskogen region of Norway. They’re very special in the sense that they’re lifted 8 meters above ground on slender steel structures. This gives them an odd appearance and lots of character while also maximizing the views that they offer. Access to each cabin is offered via a spiral staircase connected to a small bridge. Inside a kitchen, a small living room with a fireplace, a bathroom and a mezzanine area with a double bed sleeping area.
In the Guizhou region of China a new concept is being developed, that of agricultural tourism. A hotel made up of 10 wooden cabins on a hillside invides tourists to enjoy the beautiful landscape and pollution-free farmlands. They do that without disrupting the land with its rock formations and forests. Each cabin is oriented so that is captures the best views while enjoying a nice level of privacy. The project was developed by studio ZJJZ and it aims at ameliorating rural poverty in regions like this one.
This gorgeous little shelter is part of an eco-resort situated along a private in Guerrero, Mexico. When you first lay eyes on it you see an elliptical-shaped bamboo structure hovering among the palm trees. The project was completed by studio Deture Culsign in 2015. The indoor and outdoor areas are seamlessly blended and even difficult to tell apart. The sleeping area is situated at an upper level and has a wonderful view towards the beach while the lower area houses the sitting area and the bathroom. The bamboo shell offers privacy and allows the cabin to become immersed into the surroundings.
When they designed this cabin, architects Luis and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade wanted to recreate the idea and feeling of a tree house but without relying on any of the traditional designs and other pre-established concepts about the structure. That’s why they avoided using any of the classic shapes and opted instead for a cabin that slides between the trees like a snake and has an elongated form which seamlessly transitions into a bridge. The structure connects to its surroundings even more through the choice of materials.
The Arctic TreeHouse hotel is a very special vacation destination. Set on a steep natural slope in Rovaniemi, a region in Finland, the hotel is materialized into a series of cabin-like structures clustered among the trees. The project was developed by Studio Puisto and the inspiration for it came from the beautiful Nordic landscape and the culture. The individual cabins are raised above the ground which minimizes the overall impact on the land and highlights the views.
These lovely hotel cabins are located in Italy’s Dolomites mountain range, on the Ritten plateau. It was a project completed by the Adler Hotel Group. The cabins are meant to blend into the surroundings and given their proximity to the forest this translates into a design reminiscent of rural alpine houses. They were built using local timber. The retreat includes two guest buildings with 10 junior suites each in addition to the 20 chalets scattered around the lake.
Architecture studio Olson Kundig completed a wonderful project in Mazama, United States. The project is called Rolling Huts and is comprised of a series of huts which are spread across a meadow. Each hut is mainly a simple steel-clad box on a platform, It’s raised above ground and it has wheels which allow it to be moved around and to maintain a minimal impact on the ground below. Inside the design is simple and modest. The materials used are intentionally raw and plain in order to put the focus on the views and to create a natural and organic relationship with the land.
A total of 13 modern and stylish cabins are scattered throughout the Sacromonte region in El Edén, Uruguay. The cabins seek the best views and take full advantage of their location and in particular the landscape which surrounds them. The project was developed by studio MAPA. In addition to the various individual lounge areas there are also several public facilities including a winery, a restaurant, a wine store and a hilltop terrace with a wine-tasting area. This is a wonderful way to take advantage of the vineyards and to welcome visitors in a friendly environment. This project emphasizes the beauty of nature as well as the wonderful features which can be achieved through contemporary architecture.