SynVillan, a vacation rental in Sweden designed by Thomas Sandell of Stockholm-based architecture firm Sandellsandberg.
If you ever wished for invisibility as a superpower, we might’ve found the next best thing: a hideaway in the Eriksberg Hotel and Nature Reserve, Sweden’s largest safari park. Named SynVillan, which means “optical illusion,” the elevated retreat has a shimmering façade by German manufacturer Exyd that all but makes it disappear into its surroundings. But sitting atop the dimpled, mirrored cladding, which is ventilated to regulate temperature, is a decidedly asynchronous roof made of straw. “I wanted to combine the local rural tradition of roof making with a reflective high-tech material that makes the building almost disappear in the sky like a mirage,” says Swedish architect Thomas Sandell. His team was responsible for designing the contemporary space that, with pale wood interiors and pastel accents, has a decidedly Scandinavian feel. And it includes an element of surprise as well: a window in its floor. “Under the building, the wild animals will be feeding, and you’re able to watch them,” says Sandell. The only slight downside to the house is that there’s no running water (it has electricity and gas, however), but it’s a fair trade-off to get this close to wildlife.
SynVillan is the newest house at Eriksberg, joining a number of other accommodations in a range of sizes, design styles, and amenities. Here, we bring you on a tour of SynVillan.