The concept explores amalgamation of creativity, imagination and comfort at a time. While the design of this hotel room resembles an UFO from the outside, the interior is modeled in a way so as to provide maximum comfort to the occupants. Lightweight composite materials have been used to build this structure that make it possible to suspend the room in trees. The concept not only provides a unique way of relaxation and comfort to its occupants but also takes care of not affecting the environment adversely.
Inspiration for this creative idea has been drawn from UFOs as the design of the room from outside resembles that of a flying saucer. The porthole windows, retractable staircase and hatch door, all contribute to the look and feel of a flying saucer. The retractable staircase and hatch door have been added just to make the occupants entering the room feel that they are actually entering a UFO. To add to the feel, the rooms are aligned on trees so as to give the occupants a feeling of being in space or of being in air.
This concept has been developed in an extremely eco friendly manner. The materials that are used to make these rooms are light enough so that no damage or harm is done to the trees when the rooms are aligned on them. The way the rooms are positioned atop or among the trees, the possibility of any kind of harm to the trees is naturally reduced. Apart from that, local companies were engaged in building these rooms so that the site is not adversely affected. The materials used for these rooms are environment friendly too. Features of this tree-hotel that contribute towards the environment are insulation, water efficient fixtures, composting toilets, LED lighting, etc. To add to these, the cleaning products that the hotel uses are eco friendly by composition. The hotel also contributes to the environment factor by using electricity generated from hydroelectric power.
The concept and the design of these hotel rooms bridge the gap between imagination and reality but that does not take away the feasibility of this innovative idea. Firstly, the rooms are sustainably built. The materials that are used for constructing these rooms are though lightweight but durable. Sufficient thought and care has been given in designing the interior of these rooms. Every feature that is required for a comfortable stay has been provided in these rooms. The 30 sq meter room has a double-bed, bench beds and couches around the room, a dining area and a composting toilet. Porthole windows allow the occupants to take a look at the forest scenery. To make things even better, the cost of these rooms is pretty affordable. For a single night stay, you have to pay $625 which is an amazingly low cost for such a unique experience.
1. Retreat to an Ewok Eco Sphere in the Trees
Tom Chudleigh of Canada is the creator of this unique concept, the Free Spirit Eco Spheres. These spheres float in the air as they are hung from the top of trees. To keep the sphere stable and suitable for residing, a web-like support system is created around the sphere that helps the structure to remain in it’s place. These spheres are handcrafted and manufactured out of materials such as fiberglass and locally available wood. These spheres can accommodate electric lines without any safety issues. You can get electric light and heating in these spheres even when you are hanging in mid air. To reach these spheres, you have to use the spiral staircases that are made around the tree trunks. Each sphere can accommodate 4 people. You will find these spheres hanging in the coniferous forest in the Pacific Northwest. The best part is that the creator has put these spheres for sale or on rent.
2. Incredible Yellow Treehouse Restaurant
If you want to have a dining experience out in the open and in the air, you just need to visit Redwoods Treehouse restaurant. Located near Auckland in New Zealand and designed by Pacific Environment Architects Ltd. of New Zealand, this restaurant has won several prestigious awards and honors. Built out of materials such as poplar slats and sustainably- grown pine, these cases and the walkway that leads you to them, take you to a completely different world altogether. To create this place in a redwood forest, locally created balustrades are made use of. The restaurant is situated 40 meters above ground level and the pathway that leads you to it is a stretched low angle planked one. The slats, that the restaurant is constructed of, allow natural light to light up the interior of the restaurant. The restaurant also gives a visual treat to you because the location and position of the restaurant allows you to look over the meadows and streams that exist at the end of the redwood forest.
3. UFO Hotel Room
Bridgette Meinhold TreeHotel, a Swedish hotel, has rooms designed in the form of flying saucers or UFOs. The hotel has got an award for this creative concept. The rooms, placed on trees, are accessible through retractable staircases. The hatch door, that you enter the room through, generates a feeling of entering a real UFO. The porthole windows allow you to enjoy the forest scenery from the room. The large round shaped skylight gives you a visual treat of the starry night while lighting up the room with natural light in the daytime. These structures were created at a different place and then transported by road to this hotel in Harads near the Lule river. These hotel rooms boost of almost all features that are required for a comfortable stay. When imagination, creativity and innovation along with the comfort of occupants were considered while developing these hotel rooms, the environment is not ignored or sidelined too. Proper measures are taken to prevent any deterioration of the environment due to these uniquely created rooms.