Lonely Planet Writer

Is this timber Swedish loft house set in the mountains the ultimate retreat?

An idyllic new timber loft house nestled on the slope of a mountain peak in northern Sweden is the perfect getaway for anyone eager to escape the bustle of modern life and reconnect with nature. Commissioned by Bergaliv Landscaping, the structure was designed by Stockholm-based architect Hanna Michelson, who works for Tham & Videgård Arkitekter.  

Stunning weekend view. Image by Bergaliv

“The 10 m high, 14 + 14 square-metre house is inspired by the dualism that characterizes its location”, say Bergaliv. “Here, close to 370 meters above sea level, it interacts closely with nature, offering a magnificent view of the valley of Ljusna. It provides the visitor with a tranquil spectator spot from which to experience their surroundings.”

The exterior of this extraordinary bolthole. Image by Bergaliv

Made up of a simple timber framework, the loft house blends beautifully into the Swedish countryside, without disturbing the nature that surrounds it. Light wood dominates its interior; surface layers and carvings use birch plywood and ash, perfectly complementing the trees growing around it. The exterior meanwhile consists of pine and spruce wood, while the walls are insulated with flax fiber, “for a more comfortable indoor climate.”

A room with a view. Image by Bergaliv

Overall, the design follows a very minimalist aesthetic, making for an incredibly tranquil accommodation experience. Beds consist of futons that hang on the wall during the day. The lower part of the loft house is immersed in the forest, while the upper deck serves as an open-air viewing platform – perfect for gazing out at the mountainous terrain that makes up this haunting part of the world.

Minimalist design. Image by Bergaliv

“The simple interior comes from the ambition to clear the room from unnecessary impressions, while creating space and light. A wooden bench at an angle beside the window works both as a resting place with a view for two, and as a seat for a meal when the table is set.” Sound tempting? The loft house is available to rent via Bergaliv.