suspended amid treetops, these timber cabins immerse guests in the swedish pinewoods

suspended amid treetops, these timber cabins immerse guests in the swedish pinewoods

a tour inside the Trakt Forest Hotel in Sällehägnad

 

Completed by architect Gert Wingård, the Trakt Forest Hotel is a Swedish eco-retreat hosting five timber cabins in the scenic pine forest of Sällehägnad. Emerging as floating volumes amid the treetops, each structure is elevated from the ground by eight pillars to frame immersive views of the surrounding woodland. ‘The forest suites are the shells that put nature in focus all the time. The forest invites you to the tranquility that makes you forget the stress of the city,’ write hotel founders Sandra and Mattias Sälleteg, who welcomed their first guests in July 2022. 

suspended amid treetops, these timber cabins immerse guests in the swedish pinewoods
all images © Trakt Forest Hotel

 

 

scandinavian eco-design meets subtle luxury 

 

Combining Scandinavian design with luxury comfort, Gert Wingård (see more here) composed each Trakt Forest Hotel suite as a minimalist, suspended volume clad in locally sourced timber and accessed via a metal footpath. At the front of every cabin, a panoramic window opens up charming views of the forest and nearby treetops. In addition, a sixth building takes shape as a large log house hosting the main reception and hotel restaurant, Trakt Kitchen, where farm-to-table meals are served. In the process, the architect resorted to an eco-conscious building approach, selecting only natural / salvaged materials and raising the structures on stilts to minimize the footprint on the surrounding landscape.

suspended amid treetops, these timber cabins immerse guests in the swedish pinewoods
cladding the cabins in locally sourced timber

 

 

While personal design touches punctuate every suite, they all feature pine paneling, a main living room with a fireplace, a master bedroom, a bathroom, and skylights. The founders also named the suites after local trees. The first, Betula, which is latin for birch, sits on the right side of the hill, followed by Tilia, or linden. Sorbus, latin for rowan, is the suite with the highest elevation, ambitiously reaching for the treetops. On the left side of the hill emerges Salix, latin for willow, followed by Ulmus, which translates to Elm. 

 

Guests can also enjoy a service package that includes a bath in an outdoor hot tub, a bathrobe, a towel, a drink, a three-course dinner at the Trakt kitchen, one night in a forest suite, and breakfast. 

suspended amid treetops, these timber cabins immerse guests in the swedish pinewoods
every cabin in the Trakt Forest Hotel is fronted by a panoramic window

suspended amid treetops, these timber cabins immerse guests in the swedish pinewoods
a metal footpath leads up to the forest suites

suspended amid treetops, these timber cabins immerse guests in the swedish pinewoods
supporting the suites with eight stilts

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suspended amid treetops, these timber cabins immerse guests in the swedish pinewoods

suspended amid treetops, these timber cabins immerse guests in the swedish pinewoods
each cabin features a main open lounge with a fireplace

suspended amid treetops, these timber cabins immerse guests in the swedish pinewoods

suspended amid treetops, these timber cabins immerse guests in the swedish pinewoods
framing scenic views of the pinewoods

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