Copperhill Mountain Lodge

Are, Sweden

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“The thing that initially engaged us was the challenge of designing a lodge that would be sympathetic to Scandinavian culture on a premiere ski region at a tree line near the border of Sweden and Norway.”
Peter Bohlin



This luxurious mountain retreat is nestled just beneath the crest of Mount Forberget and looks onto celebrated Mount Åreskutan to the west. The length of the hotel runs north to south to maximize exposure of each suite to natural lighting and views of the extraordinary landscape. The main level, centered around a formidable stone fireplace, is a grand gathering space. Daylight enters from the south and reflects off a curved copper wall, bathing the lofty space with light.

The hotel has 112 guest rooms and suites, conferencing facilities for groups up to 350 people, restaurants, a spa and health club, and related ski facilities. The atrium and roof are an articulated frame of pine that envelops two slim wings. These wings contain the suites, which were designed using a modular pattern that enabled offsite prefabrication and could be craned into place. The chimney and the great curved stair wall are clad in copper, reminiscent of the region’s mining heritage, while the base of the building is locally quarried quartzite. The wood cladding was thermo-treated for increased weather resistance and is finished in Falu rödfärg, a traditional Swedish black paint typically used on cottages and agrarian structures.

This project was done in association with AIX Arkitekter AB and Koncept Stockholm AB.

Project Data

Are, Sweden
2005 – 2008
Nordic Choice Hotels
183,000 gsf


Citation Award
Design of the Year for Spa, Health & Leisure Facilities Category