The Bird’s Nest
Disappear into the trees
Outside's long reads email newsletter features our strongest writing, most ambitious reporting, and award-winning storytelling about the outdoors. Sign up today.
Attention bird lovers and tree house aficionados. This shelter lets you truly disappear into the forest.
The Bird’s Nest in northern Sweden is a one-of-a-kind structure. Supported 19 feet above the forest floor by three spruce trees, it’s like a bird house built by some prehistoric flying giant.
The 12-foot-high hideaway—accessed via a retractable metal staircase—is completely encased in sticks and twigs. And although it might look small, the 55-square-foot circular nest has enough beds to accommodate a family of four (as long as the kids aren’t too rowdy or too big). Stacked bunks curve around one section, while another houses an adult-size bedroom, complete with a concave fireplace. There’s even a small bath and eating area.
Bleached blonde wood lines the nest’s interior—there’s vertical paneling on the walls, knotty wood floors, and wooden bookcases in the main sleeping area. Cove lighting gives the circular retreat a warm glow, while windows (almost invisible from the outside) let in natural light.