IO House’s resourceful mobile home lets you lodge in luxury wherever, whenever

IO House is a Stockholm-based manufacturer of luxury off-grid homes, and their maiden project is called The Space. It’s a 60 square meter big mobile home that can be transferred and installed anywhere you like it. And there’s no need to worry about the hassle of finding nearby electricity or water resources — the house has a private power supply and an internet connection, and the water and sewage tanks are big enough to last for two weeks for two people. The Space is equipped to the teeth with a dishwasher, gas stove, refrigerator, and washing machine. The home is also entirely controlled by a smartphone app, that keeps you connected to the house at all times.

— We like to think of it as a luxurious yacht that you can permanently live in and take anywhere you like – complete flexibility with all the comfort, says Mario Ojalo, CEO of IO House.

Once you’ve decided where to put the mobile home, be it next to your favourite golf course or perhaps some friends’ immobile summer house, IO House helps to arrange a transfer by truck. The Space can get mounted on a regular freight truck and is suitable for delivery by road up to 90 km/h.

The home was designed and developed with Scandinavian design values as a cornerstone, and made built out of organic, non-synthetic materials. The interior is made out of a mix of wood, metal and glass which makes for a modern feel.

— We have aimed to maximize comfort and privacy at the same time. At IO House we know how important it is to spend time with yourself, your loved ones and switch off from everyday troubles. Hence, we wanted to create a home, where everyone could just relax and enjoy the view, adds Mario Ojalo.


SynVillan lets you blend in with nature at Scandinavia’s biggest safari park

SynVillan, which roughly translates to ”optical illusion”, is located in Blekinge in the southeast of Sweden at the hotel and nature reserve Eriksberg. The room that holds up to four people is elevated three meters over the ground and overlooks an archipelago bay, and the eye-catching mirrored facade of the heightened room pays great homage to the surrounding wildlife by simply reflecting it.

Architect Thomas Sandell from the Sandellandsandberg firm designed the project and took inspiration from the region’s traditional residential architecture. The roof is made from reeds and the walls are made out of polished patterned steel for the mirrored effect. The room also features a glass panel on the floor which allows visitors to see bison, deer, sheep, boar, and other animals that roam the nature reserve.


TheKrane is Copenhagen’s ultimate social distancing getaway retreat

In Nordhavn, one of Copenhagen’s last remaining industrial harbor sites, an old coal crane has been refurbished into a luxury one-room two-person hotel. If you’re keen on an elegant Nordic minimalist hotel experience free from breakfast buffé queues, look no further.

Originally built in 1944, the former industrial crane was meant for loading and unloading raw materials to and from cargo ships that entered Nordhavn (the North Harbour) before its transformation. When owner Klaus Kastbjerg and architect Mads Møller started working on the idea of the hotel, they realized that they had to take advantage of every inch of the old crane.

— The hotel room is located on the top of The Krane in what used to be the old engine room with cogwheels, metal wires, iron, steel and brawn. The old wheelhouse (where the guy operating the crane would sit) hangs directly above the water at 15 metres. The wheelhouse is now an astonishing lounge and lookout with a cosy daybed and floor to ceiling window facing Svanemøllen, the marina and Tuborg Harbour on the opposite side of the water, says head of communications Nicki Lykke.

The hotel also packs a spa located in an old shipping container eight meters above the ground, but thanks to its size it’s only accessible by the hotel guests. The idea of a one-room, two person hotel is perhaps more suitable than ever. Denmark has not established the most stringent of Corona related restrictions, and their borders are starting to open up to many countries. 

— We’ve of course felt a decline in bookings like everyone else. However, in these times of isolation more Danish guests have shown an interest in the staycation concept and self-pampering – and what better place to do it than here? Nicki Lykke wonders.