Arctic Bath Puts A New Spin On Chillin’ Located on Sweden’s Lule River, Arctic Bath recently opened its doors. The facility is a floating hotel and spa that focuses on wellness. There are a total of fourteen buildings on the site with seven of them…
Arctic Bath Puts A New Spin On Chillin’
Located on Sweden’s Lule River, Arctic Bath recently opened its doors. The facility is a floating hotel and spa that focuses on wellness. There are a total of fourteen buildings on the site with seven of them floating on the river plus a circular main building. The floating ones were designed by architects Bertil Harstrom and Johan Kauppi. The rooms situated on land were designed by Ann Kathrin Lundqvist. If they look to you sort of like a logjam, then the designers got it right as that was their plan.
What makes this spa so spectacular, aside from the funky design, is that it sits under the Northern Lights in winter and the Midnight Sun during the summer.
The concept for the Arctic Bath goes back to 2010 when TreeHotel was opened. That property, also located in the same region and owned by the same developers of Arctic Bath, was to feature a glass cube sauna on a raft. Hagstrom took his design from the bird’s nest he first constructed for TreeHotel and expanded on the theme. Kauppi designed the actual floating, circular building of the Arctic Hotel that resembles a logjam.
In fact, the timber floating era was what inspired the unique and natural look of Arctic Bath.
What else is there?
Well, the series of water (translation: floating) and land cabins each feature a focus on wellness through comfort and luxury. This means that sustainable materials from the surrounding landscape have been used in the construction. Wood and stone figures prominently throughout the design of each building.
Here are some specs on the land cabins themselves.
The water cabins contain 24-square meter floating double rooms. The cabins are connected to the nearby shore by an interesting arrangement of floating walkways. The cabins also feature 57.5-square meter wood outside decks that are intended for enjoying the Northern Lights, sunbathing or for meditation.
The land cabins are 62-square meters in size and are designed to accommodate families or parties of five. These land cabins do not sit directly on the land, however. They happen to be elevated on poles and are connected by walkways.
There is also a couple’s suite that is 62-square meters in size and includes a spiral staircase to a loft. This suite includes an 8-square meter outdoor deck that is perfect for morning coffee, meditation or contemplating what to do without television or any other creature comforts.
Oh, but the hotel does have some extras.
There are a restaurant and an open-air cold bath (in the centre of the logjam) which provides a great view of the Northern Lights or Midnight Sun depending on when you visit. The same building also contains the spa that was mentioned in the opening paragraph and there are also three different saunas. Services range from massages and facials to body treatments.
Why a cold plunge bath into water the temperature of the frozen arctic? Let’s just say it wakes up your senses and provides therapeutic benefits.
Whether or not you intend to stay a few nights in this chilly location in Sweden, you have to admit that the design work is very creative and commendable. Any project that can lessen the environmental footprint that would have been larger without factoring in sustainability deserves to be talked about.
What makes Arctic Bath so impressive is the massive size of the logs used to create the frozen-in-time logjam. It is a tough visual to ignore.
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