Treetop Lovetag — Als Oddevej, Denmark
Treehouses may classically be the province of children, but savvy millennial hoteliers are fast changing that mindset with decidedly adult renditions. Exhibit A is the Løvtag (literally ‘leaf roof’), a fantasist retreat on a small hilltop in Als Oddevej near Mariager, Denmark’s largest fjord.
Here, in a pocket of deciduous and coniferous forest, Berlin-based architect Sigurd Larsen is in the midst of sprinkling nine bijoux cabins. The clients, two brothers who grew up on the farm in which the forest grows, had long dreamed of treehouses, with Larsen realising that dream in a soothing Scandinavian palette of blond timber, kitchen, rooftop terrace and outdoor shower.
The first to open is a minimalist star-shaped beauty that floats several metres above the ground, and literally wraps around an old pine. ‘The tree growing through the house is the highlight,’ says Larsen. ‘We left it free to sway in the wind since the weight of the cabins rest on steel pillars. It’s very meditative to sit in the bed and watch it move slowly in the wind.’
Not surprisingly, outdoor activities loom large, not least walks and biking along Mariager fjord which winds through green hills eastwards towards the ocean. §