First conceived in 2010 during the opening of Treehotel, architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi realized Arctic Bath, a floating hotel + spa situated on the Lule River in Sweden. Resembling a bird’s nest, the circular main construction is surrounded by smaller floating and land cabins, welcoming guests to immerse themselves in the elements while leaving a minimal environmental footprint behind. Hagström, who designed Treehotel’s The Bird’s nest, took over the idea and together with Kauppi in 2013, designed Arctic Bath’s floating, circular building.
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The use of natural, sustainable materials such as wood, stone, leather, and luxurious materials are accord with the surrounding nature, without compromising the overall wellness vibe. The prevalent Scandinavian design of the cabins keeps up with the high level of comfort and luxury.
On the water, the cabins contain 24 sqm floating double rooms, connected to the shore by floating walkways. The 57,5 sqm wood deck outside the cabin offers a perfect place for meditation, sunbathing in summer or spot the northern light.
Whilst on the land, the 62 sqm land cabins for five persons designed by Annkathrin Lundqvist are elevated on poles and situated on the shore among vegetation connected by walkways. last, the 62 sqm suite for two persons features a spiral staircase leading to a loft, as well as an 8 sqm deck for meditation, morning coffee or just relaxation. The hotel’s facilities include a restaurant, an open-air cold bath under the northern sky, a spa and a sauna.