It all started with a childhood dream and a close relationship with nature. It is not just accommodation: it is an experience, where you are surrounded by the arctic nature throughout your stay. Carefully selected materials, unique design, and – above all – respect for the surrounding nature, are the basis of their concept.
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. 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.
The Arctic Tree Hotel accommodation units, shingle covered pine cone cows, grow in the nature and blend in it, rising on their black stick legs among the rocks and trees. They wander downhill, peering curiously at the landscape and northern lights.
The buildings, structured of and covered in wood, are carefully planned warm nests. Contrast between wild nature and a safe, nest-like space has been a guiding element of the whole design. The decor has surprising and deliberate details that tie into in the area and its experiential concept. The soft, warm materials used in the interior design highlight the nest-like atmosphere.
The ecological footprint of the materials and technical solutions used had an important impact at every step of the planning and building process. All buildings are made from Finnish wood, a material that has been sustainably produced and is a renewable building material. The green roof helps in managing urban runoff and brings the building’s footprint’s worth of vegetation back to the construction site. The wood on the interior surfaces creates a comfortable environment, healthy indoor air and pleasant acoustics.
Light pollution outdoors has been kept to a minimum due to the northern lights and to enable a true wilderness experience. There are just enough lights for safe accessibility and to help you find your own sleeping place. Some beautiful, deliberately chosen trees have been lit to act as reference points.
During evenings and nights the buildings glow on the terrain like lanterns, casting interesting shadows and inviting you to step into the warm indoors. During the day, the play between light and shadow on the interior and exterior surfaces enters the buildings into a delicate discussion with the surrounding nature and its materials.
Innovative architecture and meticulously considered details provide guests the experience of staying overnight in the heart of the forest in an unforgettable and extremely comfortable way.
For more information about the stunning Arctic Circle Treehotel have a look here.
Article written by Studio Puisto
Studio Puisto Architects: Mikko Jakonen, Emma Johansson, Sampsa Palva, Heikki Riitahuhta, Willem van Bolderen, Tiia Anttila, Laura Suominen
Photography by Marc Goodwin