The UFO was prefabricated offsite and then transported via roads to its final destination at the Treehotel in Harads near the Lule River. Cast in durable composite material, the UFO is super lightweight, but also strong and sustainable so it can easily be lofted in the trees. Accessed by a retractable staircase and a hatch door, the 30 sq meter room has enough space for a double bed, bench bed/couches on the perimeter, a composting toilet and a dining area. Porthole windows let guests check out the surrounding forest scene, while a giant round skylight pours natural daylight into the space and lets you see the nighttime sky above.
The Treehotel has a strong commitment to the surrounding environment and works to run their establishment in the most sustainable way possible. All of the rooms were built by local companies to minimize impact on the site and are hung in a way that does not harm the trees. Environmentally safe materials were used in the rooms’ construction and they all feature insulation, underfloor heating, LED lighting, water efficient fixtures, and composting toilets. The hotel sources its electricity from hydroelectric power and uses only eco-friendly cleaning products. Originally opened in the summer of 2010, the hotel now has six completely amazing rooms in which you can stay. The hotel was also recently awarded Sweden’s Grand Tourism Award for 2011.