Santa’s home base in the Arctic Circle has a new, uniquely crafted hotel that’ll let you watch the Northern Lights from the comfort of a cozy room. Studio Puisto designed the recently opened Arctic TreeHouse Hotel that comprises a series of elevated, treehouse-like rooms in Rovaniemi, Finland. Designed to immerse visitors in nature and arctic mysticism, the shingle-covered units offer a nest-like space that blends into the surrounding landscape.
The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel comprises 32 units elevated on black stilts to minimize site impact. Carefully sited to optimize views, the units are organized in pairs that function as combinable halves with one housing the bedroom and bathroom and the other containing a kitchenette and living room. Each unit features a glazed end wall positioned for the unobstructed views of nature.
Environmental-friendly design played a large part in the design of the timber buildings, from its pine shingle-clad appearance to the use of natural materials. Green roofs top the units for stormwater management. Timber was predominately used for the facade and the interior. The units were prefabricated offsite to minimize material waste and site disturbance.
At night the units light up like softly glowing lanterns, however, outdoor light pollution is kept to a minimum to preserve the “true wilderness experience” and viewing opportunities for the Northern Lights. “The inspiration for the accommodation concept — set on a steep natural slope — came from Nordic nature and culture as well as the magical world of SantaPark,” write the architects. “A vision started to form: small individual accommodation buildings set in nature, their spirit highlighting characteristics of the area and creating an optimal setting for experiencing both nature and arctic mysticism.”
Images via Studio Puisto, by Marc Goodwin