New life for ski resort

Lofthuset in Vallsta, Sweden by Hanna Michelson

How can an old ski resort take on a new life and new uses? In Hälsingland, Åsberget’s lift house has been converted into a brewery and halfway up the slope a new landscape hotel is emerging. Here, Hanna Michelson has created Lofthuset, the first of four cabin retreats, with breathtaking views of Ljusnan river.

The 10-metre tall wooden building houses two floors, each of 14 square metres, and is raised from the ground on four chunky glulam posts. These run through the whole structure, supporting everything, including the wooden trusses on the upper floor and the heartwood pine pitched roof. The walls at the top have also been kept free of insulation and cladding, so that visitors can enjoy the views from all sides.

The lower room is insulated with flax fibre in the ancient Nordic tradition. The room is designed to create space and light while stripping back on unnecessary flourishes. The surfaces and joinery make use of birch plywood and ash, both of which harmonise with the spruce and pine in the structural frame.


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