BIG inaugurates its latest hotel concept with 350 nesting boxes to increase the region’s biodiversity

The Swedish Treehotel presents its latest hotel room which covers a 34 m² living unit with 350 birdhouses to increase the area’s bird population and provide nesting sites in every breeding season.

The Treehotel in Swedish Lapland is the immersive hospitality experience of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) that creates unique hotel rooms through a variety of cabins in the woods. Incorporating local wood and stone materials into the construction of each cabin, the Treehotel units each respond differently to the surrounding forest, much like the trees and vegetation that form the hotel’s backdrop.

Designate: Bjarke Ingels Group

In a recent collaboration with Swedish ornithologist Ulf Öhman, the Treehotel’s latest hotel room is called Biosphere for its spherical frame covered with 350 birdhouses to increase the area’s biodiversity and also serve as a habitat for birds.

Suspended among the pines of the Swedish town of Harads, Biosphere is the property’s eighth hotel room. The interior of each 34m2 hotel unit is accessible by a suspension bridge that descends from the ground floor to the Treehotel units. While interiors are described as “simple and no-nonsense,” dark elements and organic materials help units feel as cozy as a nest.

Visitors can also access a panoramic viewpoint on the roof terrace that completely opens up to the surrounding forest. As the architects behind Biosphere put it, “Surrounded by a subtle birdsong – balanced by the triple-glazed exterior façade – guests enjoy an intimate and immersive nature experience.”

The birdhouses that envelop the cubical living units have been incorporated into the design with the aim of enhancing the surrounding biosphere, with the aim of diminishing the declining trend of the local bird population in the surrounding Swedish woods and enhancing the rich biodiversity of the region. Working closely with Öhman enlightened Treehotel architects on the area’s bird population and how to help conserve it.

As Öhman notes, “Inventories in Norrbotten County, carried out both by us as ornithologists and by the county administrative board, show that the number of different bird populations is decreasing. Forestry has reduced the number of natural holes in trees where nesting birds nest, so installing bird nests is an important measure to take.

Öhman continues: “Additionally, climate change drives the insect boom that occurs earlier in the year, and by the time the birds’ eggs hatch, the boom is already over. Feeding is an important support mechanism for birds that stay in northern Sweden and need food during the winter.

Demonstrating the use of bird nests and food, not just at the Treehotel but so people can put them up close to home, is valuable. An initiative by Treehotel to take such steps could inspire their visitors to do the same.

The hotel’s elevation treatment doubles as a bird habitat for the area’s avian population.

The staggered, multi-faceted configuration of the nesting boxes still allows natural sunlight to enter each unit.

The unit’s glass fronts let in pools of sunlight.

Darker interior features give the unit a nest-like quality.

Nicholas E. Crittendon