Biophilic

Rooted interest

From hotels in trees to hotels covered in trees, we hope this green trend continues to grow


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Treehotel
Edeforsvägen, Sweden
Architect: Snøhetta
Client: Britta and Kent Lindvall
The 7th Room at Treehotel is located in the treetops overlooking the Lule River

The 7th Room joins six other guest suites, all contained within treehouses, that make up the Treehotel in Edeforsvägen, Sweden.

The 7th Room was designed by Norwegian architecture studio Snøhetta, providing a unique perspective of the Northern Lights from a forest canopy. Hovering 10 metres above the ground amongst the trees, the 7th Room is a traditional Nordic wooden cabin with a large netted terrace suspended above the forest floor.

The unusual hotel room is supported by 12 columns, and a large pine tree extends through its central void. Up to five visitors can live in the space, which has a social lounge area, a bathroom, two bedrooms with beds embedded in the floor and an outdoor terrace – where guests can sleep under the stars in a sleeping bag.

“The design aims to bring people and nature closer together, extending the cabin’s social spaces to the outside and further blending the distinction between indoor and outdoor,” said the architects. “With complementing light and wooden furniture, the interior makes up a blonde Nordic contrast to the dark exterior.”

Previous Treehotel suite architects have been Mårten Cyrén, Inrednings Gruppen, Rintala Eggertsson Architects, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter and Sandell Sandberg.

A ‘blonde’ interior serves as a contrast to the dark exterior of the structure PHOTOS: Johan Jansson
The design of the cabin aims to bring the guests and nature closer together
Oasia Hotel Downtown
Singapore
Architect: WOHA
Developer: Far East SOHO Pte Ltd
More than 50 plant species help create a green and growing hotel building PHOTOS: K Kopter

Singapore-based WOHA is famous for its garden hotel, Parkroyal at Pickering, and followed its success in the city’s central business district. Launched in 2016, Oasia Hotel Downtown is covered in a permeable aluminium façade, allowing creeper plants to take hold of the red structure and grow and thrive, over time transforming the building into a towering green ecosystem.

WOHA sees the design for the 314-room Oasia as a prototype for hospitality and commercial tower blocks, and says the concept “moves beyond vague notions of sustainability by fundamentally embracing living systems into a mixed-use programme — one that grows, rather than exhausts a city’s resources.”

The façade is made up of 21 species of creepers to make sure it’s lush and resilient during different weather conditions. A further 33 species of plants and trees are used throughout the hotel, becoming a haven for birds and animals in the city.

The permeable aluminium facade allows creeping plants to attach, grow and multiply
WOHA hopes the concept will inspire future buildings
1 Hotel and Slo Living
Paris, France
Architect: Kengo Kuma / Marchi Architects
Developer: Compagnie de Phalsbourg
The building will be fronted by a planted promenade and act as a ‘green lung’ for the neighbourhood IMAGE: LUXIGON

An eco-luxury hotel and adjacent next-generation youth hostel are under development in Paris, in the Rive Gauche district, which aims to become a bastion of sustainable architecture in the city.

Kengo Kuma has designed 1 Hotel, embedded within planted terraces and suspended gardens at various levels to “create a green lung for the city”. The complex will include a sports centre, bar and restaurant, business zone and co-working space, as well as a public garden that will complement the nearby garden of the National Library.

The related hostel, Slo Living, was designed by Marchi Architects.

Atlas Hotel
Hoi An, Vietnam
Architect: Vo Trong Nghia
Developer: DANH Co Ltd
The building will be fronted by a planted promenade and act as a ‘green lung’ for the neighbourhood IMAGE: LUXIGON

Hoi An’s old town has experienced rapid growth and an increase in tourists since it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is famous for its traditional architecture, featuring tiled roofs and small courtyards. The nearby Atlas Hotel is a new development that seeks to capture the charm and tranquility of old Hoi An and the dynamic emerging Hoi An.

The five-storey, 48-room Atlas Hotel has many internal courtyards and deep planters which make up the hotel facade, allowing greenery to provide the rooms with solar shading, while the perforated stone walls allow light and airflow through but keep the space cool.

The hotel offers a restaurant, café, rooftop bar, spa, gym and swimming pool.

Vo Trong Nghia says: “The use of these green and natural elements embodies the particular interest of the office and the House for Trees concept: to integrate greenery into design as a way to rejuvenate urban areas and to contribute to societal improvement.”

Qiyunshan Tree Hotel
Qiyunshan, China
Architect: Bengo Studio
Client: ZYJ
The property comprises two bedrooms, a bathroom, lounge spaces and roof terraces

Stacked timber volumes form the structure of Qiyunshan Tree Hotel, a small accommodation in the heart of the Huangshan mountains in China’s Anhui province. Designed by Shanghai-based Bengo Studio, the hotel features two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living room in its 120sqm space. The top level is a ‘landscape room’ providing unobstructed views of the lush scenery. Reaching 11 metres high, the hotel is the same height as the surrounding red cedars.

The ‘landscape room’ is the top storey, where hotel guests can enjoy the forest view
Mountain Forest Hotel
Guizhou, China
Architect: Stefano Boeri Architetti
Developer: Guizhou Wanfenggu Ecological Tourism Development Co Ltd

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has designed a tree-covered resort property in China’s Guizhou province. It’s part of Wanfeng Valley, a sustainable district that’s being developed across 20 hectares in Xingyi City, Qianxinan.

The property is part of the Cachet Hotel Group and will be the centrepiece of Cachet Wanfeng Valley ‘lifestyle destination’ – its first resort development in Asia. The building will feature a 182-room Cachet Resort Hotel and a 71-room URBN hotel, two restaurants and lounges, a swimming pool and fully equipped fitness centre, as well as a Cachet cSPA – an environmental and design-led concept created by consultancy and management firm WTS.

Boeri says the vertical forest model promotes wellness and creates sustainable urbanisation. “Research has enabled us to develop building technologies to bring trees high up in the sky and irrigate them with recycled water. This advancement, alongside ongoing analysis of the vegetation that can thrive in these environments, allows us to conceive unique buildings specific to their locations.”

Stefano Boeri’s designs for the Cachet Wanfeng Valley feature trees on every terrace
Rosewood São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
Architect: Jean Nouvel
Developer: Allard Group
Flowers, plants and trees drape the public and private spaces, terraces and rooftopsn

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ first project in South America, this São Paulo hotel has been designed by Jean Nouvel as a “vertical park”. Located at a city building that was formerly a maternity hospital, a 90-metre tower with a latticed steel facade will rise next to the historic building, and will be covered with landscaped terraces.

The plant- and tree-covered hotel will offer 151 guest rooms and 114 private residences, with interiors designed by Philippe Starck.

Two restaurants – one on a veranda overlooking the lush hotel gardens – a bar, a caviar lounge, a rooftop pool and another outdoor pool in the landscaped grounds, a large spa, fitness zone and luxury retail will all be available onsite.

Nouvel is using the neighbouring Matarazzo Park as an inspiration. “It is an oasis. It is a place of urban calm,” he says. “When building at the edge of this park, the best response is undoubtedly to belong to the park and to allow the trees to invade the new construction as well.”

Eventually it will be covered in trees like those in the park, such as fig and magnolia trees.

The vertical garden provides a sense of continuity between the hotel and its surroundings IMAGES: Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Company profile: Alliance Leisure Services Ltd
The company’s core business is the provision of facility development and support for local authorities, educational establishments and leisure trusts that want to improve or expand the leisure products and services they offer.
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