London-based architect Haptic was approached by Sweden's TreeHotel team to design a fitting addition to the futuristic forest development. Director Scott Grady offers a preview of the proposed treeroom, expected to be built within 24 months. Currently, five individual treerooms built in 2010 make up the Treehotel project in Sweden. Phase two will see three to five new rooms built. Haptic has proposed an underground design. "We were invited out to see the site and make a proposal which we've done, with the view that that will be built at some point in the future, at the moment we're not sure when that will be - it could be this year or next year," Haptic director Scott Grady tells Boutique Hotelier.
All treerooms are designed to have minimum impact on the surrounding environment. Guests will enter the underground treeroom via a dedicated staircase. The other existing treerooms are suspended four-to-six metres above ground, and accessible by ramp, bridge or electric stairs. The Haptic design will sleep upto two people. The existing tree rooms all sleep between two and four people. The tree room will be prefrabricated. The exploded diagram shows the proposed structure. "The space has this large window above and a horizontal blind, we're looking at putting a pinhole camera / camera obscura in the centre- that was the idea so we've done some tests in our office creating pinhole cameras with spaces so it absorbs the external lighting conditions to create something spectacular in the room hopefully," reveals Grady.
Grady said part of the tree-room concept is sticking to a relatively-low budget of around ?75,000. Rooms are sold at around ?200-400 per night.