The proposed ArcticBath Hotel in the north of Scandinavia will bring guests far, far away from their everyday lives and out into the middle of a river. This floating hotel will take full advantage of Sweden’s nature, a perfect escape for nature lovers.
Float away on an Arctic river
The idea of isolation can be hard to make a reality, but as travelers, it’s often what many of us want. To get away from the grind, to go to a place where it’s just us and no one else. Well now, hotelgoers are soon to be one step closer to making this dream a reality. A new hotel and spa called ArcticBath will be situated on the Lule River in Swedish Lapland and offers visitors a chance to connect with nature in a way that they never have before. Guests will be exposed to the climatic conditions of the region in a “floating, open air, cold bath”, which will float freely on the river in summer and be frozen into the ice in winter. The hotel is based around the Scandinavian principles of the sauna, and running from the hot steam into the cold water and vice versa.
Unique architecture inspired by local tradition
The hotel is unique in more ways than just the functions of the bath. The appearance of the floating hotel is that of many timber logs stacked at angles against each other. The architect Bertil Harström, who designed the project in conjunction with Johan Kauppi says that the design was inspired by the ancient Swedish tradition of transporting logs down the river. Until recently, logs were brought to different destinations through a network of waterways, and often some unruly logs would break free and form clusters and blockages, and this is what generated the silhouette for the hotel. The architect says, “It was a symbol for that era. So I chose to build this idea around the connection to the forest in the north. You don’t have to copy things made elsewhere, it’s not interesting. I think the interesting things come from your own history and your background.” The hotel will be surrounded by the famous forests of northern Sweden, native wildlife in the river and woods and visitors, if they’re lucky, will be able to see the incredible spectacle of the Northern Lights.
A hotel for introverts and extroverts
The team behind ArcticBath are no strangers to creating unique and often challenging hotels. They were also responsible for Sweden’s Treehotel, a hotel located high up in the tree canopies of a Swedish forest, which boasts a number of different treetop dwellings, each unique and quirky in nature. Following on from the success of the Treehotel, the hoteliers were spurred on to conceive of ArcticBath by the popularity of Treehotel among the residents of the nearby town of Harads. ArcticBath will be circular in form, organised around a central bathing pool. The small hotel will have 6 guest rooms, as well as multiple treatment rooms for massages, saunas, cold plunge pools and a restaurant. The project is due to open in the second half of 2018.
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