Treetop cabins in the woods
The forest is a wonderful and peaceful place where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Where you can relax and enjoy yourself with loved ones in the great outdoors.
The purpose of Løvtag (Danish for 'canopy') is to give our guests a comfortable and unique opportunity to stay in a treetop cabin in the woods - and sink into the peacefulness of the forest without having to deal with shelters, tents and sleeping bags.
If we reach our funding goal we will be able to build the first Løvtag treetop cabin in a small forest near the beautiful Mariager Fjord in Denmark. It is a beautiful and quiet place close to the sea and the fjord without many tourists. The area is great for fishing, kayaking, long walks in the woods or just relaxing in the canopy.
The cabin will be comfortably equipped with two queen-size beds, a small kitchen, a two-piece bathroom, electricity, water and heating. It will be built around the trunk of an old oak tree and have a rooftop terrace in the canopy about eight meters above the ground.
The shower will be built on the forest floor letting our guests shower under the canopy with a great view to the woods.
The cabin is designed by Danish architect, Sigurd Larsen, who is renowned for his ability to utilize very small spaces to the fullest. The architectural style is Nordic and modern with a twist of "hygge".
Rasmus Lybæk grew up on the farm that includes the forest in which the cabins are built. He got the idea to build treetop cabins in 2012 and has since worked hard to make it happen. Rasmus is also the founder and director of Useeum, a smartphone app for museums, and has more than eight years of experience as a communications consultant.
Nanna Balsby is an independent tourism consultant as well as co-owner of Active Copenhagen, a collaboration between tourism actors in Copenhagen. Her focus areas are outdoor tourism and destination development. She became co-owner of Løvtag in the beginning of 2016, working on concept development as well as being the primary liaison to the public authorities.
Sigurd Larsen is the founder of Sigurd Larsen Design & Architecture, working within the fields of both architecture and furniture design. In addition, he is a Professor at BAU International in Berlin. Sigurd joined Løvtag in 2016. He is responsible for the innovative architecture of the cabins as well as project management of the construction process.
Lasse Lybæk also grew up on the farm that owns the forest. He is a forest engineer from the University of Copenhagen. For the last couple of years he has spent much time in developing countries working with sustainable forestry. Lasse became part of Løvtag in 2016, ensuring that the cabins have the least possible impact on the trees and the forest.
Furthermore, we are collaborating with engineers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians etc. who are ready to start working.
Budget and funding
The budget for the first cabin and outdoor shower is DKK 1.2 mio. Apart from our many working hours we are investing a total of DKK 500,000 in the project. In addition, we have obtained EU funding from the Local Action Group (LAG) to the amount of DKK 400,000.
Thus, our Kickstarter funding goal of DKK 350,000 will be enough to realize the project (including DKK 50,000 for the expenses related to the rewards).
In the long run we aim at building more cabins in the forest. We expect that we will be able to build three cabins at a total budget of about DKK 2 mio. - so should we exceed our funding goal, we will invest the money in more cabins.
Risks and challenges
For Løvtag to become a reality, we require a building permit from the Municipality of Mariagerfjord. We have been collaborating with the local authorities for more than two years and have received enormous support from the planning department as well as the local politicians.
The project has already been approved on national level as well as locally on the first of three committee meetings. The second meeting is in December 2017 and the final approval is expected in February or March 2018 at the latest. Based on our close dialogue with the local authorities, we feel very confident that we will receive the approval.
We aim at having the first cabin ready for overnight stays in July 2018. But as it will be a somewhat complex building process, there is a risk that it will be delayed.
All backers (DKK +500) will be given early access to our booking system and thus be able to book the cabin before we open to the general public. But if we get a lot of backers, please be aware that some of you might have to wait a while for the cabin to become available.
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