If you’ve ever dreamed of cuddling up in a contemporary treehouse, the 7th Room Treehotel may be your new favorite getaway. Designed by Snøhetta—a design office that dabbles in landscaping, architecture, interiors, and brand design—the floating bungalow is tucked away in Northern Sweden and perfectly positioned for a sweeping view of the Northern Lights. The 7th Room is elevated by twelve 10-meter stilts and is beautifully built around the towering trunk of a pine tree.
While studying architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Alex MacLean took a course on community planning that would ultimately change the course of his destiny. As part of the program, he became exposed to aerial photography and a few years after he graduated, he obtained his commercial pilot license. Shooting through an airplane window, MacLean found mesmerizing patterns, bringing to light order and chaos in ways we could only imagine.
More than anything, MacLean’s photos record change that’s not just brought on by nature but, more interestingly, by human intervention. Houses, airplanes and people appear miniature in size and parking lots feel cold and empty or uncomfortably cramped.
Besides being a photographer and pilot, MacLean is the co-author of several books including Over: The American Landscape At The Tipping Point, a visually stunning catalog of the extraordinary patterns and profound physical consequences brought about by humans and nature.