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A 172 square feet treehouse with mirrored exterior walls used for accommodating guests in Harads, Sweden. More info. here.

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  • Reply sc August 31, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    WOW! Absolutely breathtaking! Too sterile to live everyday of course but as a guest house, architectual showcase, its a real gobsmacker! And you must get a steady supply of meat from all the birds that smack into that glass.

  • Reply jill marie johnson MINNESOTA--not the Swedish "country" singer August 31, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I love the thought process and construction process that is so Swedish and nowhere else on earth. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful–and with the tranquil white interiors that are found in Swedish homes– from stuga to castle–and the interplay of nature– trees framed in windows, trunk of tree in the house, and tree reflection– truly in and out of nature simultaneously. Brilliant.

  • Reply Robin September 1, 2014 at 11:29 am

    As an architect, I like exploring new and exciting ideas but I’m on the fence about this one. As SC stated, my #1 concern was the death of 100’s of birds, per year, from the sky-high mirrored facade. Not very smart or eco-friendly. And “WHO IS CLEANING THAT MIRRORED SURFACE?” I know that my car gets a weekly cleaning to the mirrors and windows; I can’t fathom what a months worth of rain + tree pollen looks like on those mirrors.

    I’m not clear on the photos, either. One photos shows the “World’s Most Uncomfortable Rungs” with a Bondage-encased tree trunk leading to …..where????? Yet, another photo, taken also of the same bed area shows a ladder and a Bondage-free trunk also leading to…where????

    Can’t see even a bed pan area for waste; if there is one, do you toss it out the window? No micro-kitchen for even a cuppa tea from an electric tea kettle!

    So, the person/people who stay in this place 1) Hate Birds; 2) Don’t eat or drink food/liquids, so therefore, 3) They dont’ need a loo.

    Great concept as an Art Project, not so much for actual use. 🙁

    • Reply Zb September 1, 2014 at 11:56 am

      The first two photos of the interior look like cad drawings to me. Think the third is an actual photo and they put steps instead of the rings which seem to lead to an exterior area maybe?

    • Reply Rich September 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Pretty, but why? Agree with SC.

    • Reply KB September 2, 2014 at 11:26 am

      It appears that the photo discrepancy is a case of computer generated model vs. actual. Only the final interior shot appears to be a real photo. Look at the wood grain on the walls, and the texture of the tree trunk. The first two interior shots are computer generated. Which is cool, but weird. I’d like to see real photos.

    • Reply Lance November 4, 2014 at 6:41 am

      The group that owns this tree house owns other novelty abodes which they rent out nightly as hotel rooms. This particular house isn’t too impractical; the hotelier’s website notes that it does have a bathroom (a kitchenette is not offered, but surely one could be easily incorporated by a qualified architect or builder). Though arguably dangerous to wildlife, it was designed to make one feel as though they’ve become invisible to nature and can observe it undetected. The second story is an observation deck/rooftop terrace where one can get even closer to the action. As for its floor plan, you can see it here:
      http://treehotel.se/mirrorcube

  • Reply Bruce CG Gallagher September 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Just how does this mirrored edifice not result in the death of our avian friends?

    • Reply Ken September 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Oh I would expect it does, regularly

  • Reply Desiree M Juarez September 1, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I would. RATHER LIVE THERE OR HAVE THAT LIKE MY WOMEN CAVE. MEN HAVE MAN CAVE SO THAT WOULD BE MY WOMEN CAVE

  • Reply earthandink September 1, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I’m with everyone else. I look at this and am frightened for the birdlife. I think this problem is in high profile due to the football stadium in Minnesota. I’m also a tiny house fan because I like the idea of having a very light footprint. Or, at least, a lighter footprint.

  • Reply Paul September 1, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Wow, certainly is amazing and modern looking but agree about the almost certain tragedy of bird collisions.

  • Reply Anya September 1, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I wonder if there’s enough head room for the tree.

  • Reply Tripp September 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    It’s like something straight out of Harry Potter. On the website it states that the walls have an infrared film that is visible to birds, but not to humans.

  • Reply Tami September 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I disagree with the building of any kind of structure that is tied to, encases or burdens a living tree.

  • Reply earthandink September 3, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Thank you, Tripp! Glad to hear that. And you’re right, it is something Harry Potterish for certain.

  • Reply Nerida September 29, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Yes more art than practicality. My first thought also was the birds, even if you dont care about the birds the constant thud as they hit the walls would drive me crazy. Jill we now have self-cleaning glass – it is probably unbelievably expensive but it exists.

    • Reply Nerida September 29, 2014 at 8:17 am

      sorry i think that may have been Robin querying the challenge of cleaning the glass.

  • Reply Kat December 22, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Omg I’m in awe. I’ve been perusing for
    Over an hour on this site salivating over these houses and then I see this gem. I would loooove to live in this cube for 24 hours. Whoever created this is a genius!!!! ❤️

  • Reply mf September 25, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    i mostly invest into property & windex

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