SHELTERS + STRUCTURES

Treehotel Harods, Sweden

Treehotel offers a unique hotel experience: treerooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoiled nature. Here you can forget about the time constraints of everyday life, enjoy the serenity, and rejuvenate in a sophisticated yet familiar environment. Treehotel was inspired by the film ”The Tree Lover” by Jonas Selberg Augustsen. It’s a tale of three men from the city who want to go back to their roots by building a tree house together. “The Tree Lover” is a philosophic story about the significance of trees for us human beings. Names of the rooms are...The Cabin, The Mirrorcube, The Bird's Nest, The Blue Cone, The UFO, Dragonfly.

I think the Treehotel is a great way to bring people to the forest and to the wilderness. Although the hotels are luxurious compared to your average cabin, I like that they all have a different theme and design. They're fun, ad they look really cozy--somewhere safe and unique to relax.

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Tubakuba Mountain Hub by architect Espen Folgerø with students from the Bergen School of Architecture

According to Folgerø, the tube-like doorway was inspired by the shape of a brass instrument. "The entrance is shaped like the mouth of a tuba...The aim was to experiment with wood as a material."

I really like the entrance of this mountain house and how children can crawl through easily, and adults are meant to crouch through the entrance. The view is spectacular and the hut compliments it without taking away from the beauty.

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Winnipeg Skating Shelters by Patkau Architects

The Red and the Assiniboine Rivers meet in the centre of the city, and in winter, when plowed of snow, skating trails many miles long are created. But with temperatures that drop to minus 30 and 40 for long periods of time, and winds that can make minus 30 feel like minus 50, creating opportunities to find shelter from the wind greatly enhances the ability to use the river skating trails. Therefore, a program has developed to sponsor the design and construction of temporary shelters located along the skating trails. Our proposal consists of a cluster of intimate shelters, each accommodating only a few people at a time. They are grouped in a small ‘village’ (or ‘herd’, or ‘school’, or ’flock’, or ‘flotilla’) to form a collective ... of ‘something’ ... irreducible to a single interpretation. They stand with their backs to the wind like buffalo, seeming to have life and purpose as they huddle together shielding each other from the elements.

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I love the cluster of the shelters and the way the look as a whole. I grew up in Winnipeg, and look forward to seeing the new warming hut designs every year. The shapes are interesting because of the curvature of the wood.

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Eco Retreats Dyfi Valley, Wales UK

Situated deep within Welsh national forest land, accessible only by a long and winding unmetalled road lies Eco Retreats. Five tepees and an incredibly spacious yurt are scattered widely in a beautiful wooded valley complete with a gentle mountain stream running through the heart of the site.

Growing up in Manitoba, Canada, where there is a large Aboriginal population, I often saw tipi's being built for traditional activities. I really like that those traditional housing techniques and structures have been brought to the forest in Wales. The structure of tipis are really cool to me, because although they look really simple they can be very difficult to build unless everyone is working together. I love when the sticks are exposed at the top of the tipi and how the canvas stretches so smoothly.

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Kolarbyn Forest Huts Lake Skärsjön, Sweden

A couple of hours from Sweden deep in a forest frequented by brown bear, moose and wolves lies Kolarbyn with 12 cosy forest huts set in a glade alongside a beautiful lake.

I love how this hut appears to be one with the wilderness. It's camouflaged with natural forest materials and blends in nicely with the scenery. I really like how basic it is and how it is only filled with necessary items which compliments the simplicity of the forest and nature.

 

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Finish Garden Shed by Ville Hara & Linda Bergroth

It is a unique prefabricated garden shed that combines a green house with storage space and comes in ready made elements that can be assembled by simply using a screwdriver. The Garden Shed is made from Finnish pine and safety glass and equipped with automatic openers to control the temperature inside. It is designed to fit in the Scandinavian landscape and has a traditional gabled roof typical in the area because of the weather conditions. The product comes in natural wood and can be painted according to taste and the surrounding area. The wall elements function as support for folding shelves: glass shelves for the greenhouse that allows the sun reach all the plants and wooden shelves in two sizes for storage use.

This classic structured house has a skelatol frame with transparent glass surfaces between basic clean lines. I love how this structure is transparent allowing the beauty of its interior to be seen from the outside, as well as the beautiful natural scenery to be seen from inside. This structure allows minimal solid frame work, allowing as much windows as possible. I like that all the wardening tools are out back, making it easy for the user to live off the surrounding land.

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