Swedish firm Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture completed the Öijared Hotel, a building clad in strips of spruce that blends into its rural, forested surroundings. Carefully designed to respect the natural environment, the Öijared Hotel was built with natural and locally sourced materials, and is elevated slightly above the ground on stilts to minimize site disturbance. Its 34 hotel rooms were prefabricated offsite and include sliding walls that give the hotel the flexibility to expand and reduce room sizes.
Designed to complement architect Gert Wingårdhs’ green-roofed Öijared Country Club, the Öijared Hotel was similarly designed with a nature-inspired, neutral-toned palette. In contrast to the country club, which features a horizontal profile that’s partially buried beneath ground, the Öijared Hotel is slightly elevated above the forest floor, while the timber cladding emphasizes its verticality. The unfinished strips of spruce give the hotel a textured and natural appearance. The building was painted a dark red to create a strong visual contrast with the light-toned timber.
The contemporary interior celebrates the forest surroundings through the use of natural wood materials and large glazed openings that frame views of the landscape. In addition to its 34 prefab hotel rooms, the two-story Öijared hotel also includes a conference room, offices, and a double-height lounge with a fireplace. “In the hotel, visitors can experience the silence of the forest and its ability to absorb sound, as well as the enchanting effect of fire,” write the architects.
Images via Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects