Imagine a place where the architecture blends harmoniously with the mossy terrain as if it sprouted directly from the forest floor. Where each built structure seamlessly integrates into the dark green patchwork of the surrounding pinewoods, presenting itself as a serendipitous encounter which both honours and takes its inspiration from Swedish nature.
Älvdans, a design concept developed for Skanska, envisions just that. Acting as a paragon for what the future spa and hotel experience might look like, Älvdans is the epitome of a place for recreational activities. Here, guests will have a unique opportunity to reconnect with nature and immerse themselves in peaceful leisure time to recharge away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
If realised, Älvdans will offer a variety of amenities, including a world-class spa, hotel, restaurant, and conference facilities connected by a series of elevated timber paths gently touching the forest floor. By using locally sourced materials such as timber and natural stone, Älvdans will appear deeply rooted in its Nordic environment. The softened interaction between nature and architecture permeates every detail of the design and allows for sensuous experiences whether in the spa, the hotel corridors, or the restaurant.
The vision for Älvdans is to develop an inviting destination that caters to both locals, national and international guests travelling from afar, all drawn by the prospect of immersing themselves in nature and communal experiences. The design aims to foster connectivity and a strong sense of community, all while providing ample opportunity for introspection, solitude, and intimacy.