The Gorgeous Svart Hotel Comes With 360-Degree Views of the Arctic

The Arctic welcomes yet another beautifully designed property, that’s also “energy positive”.

Photo: Snøhetta

Despite its severe climate, the Arctic is a treasure trove of natural beauty thanks to its rugged scenery and incredible views of the aurora borealis.

As such, it’s no surprise that the region attracts hoteliers and architects who endeavor to create beautifully designed properties, from wellness retreats to luxurious campsites.

Photo: Snøhetta

Set to open in 2021, the Svart Hotel by architecture firm Snøhetta is an unusual ring-shaped building that offers 360-degree views of the Arctic.

Nestled at the base of Norway’s Almlifjellet mountain, the hotel is also the Arctic Circle’s first energy net-positive property.

Photo: Snøhetta

What this means is that it will generate more renewable energy in a 60-year period than would be required to build and demolish it.

In order to attain a net-positive energy output, the hotel’s rooftop solar panels, geothermal wells, as we as building geometry have been optimized to reduce consumption.

Snøhetta’s founding partner Kjetil Trædal Thorsen said: “It was important for us to design a sustainable building that will leave a minimal environmental footprint on this beautiful northern nature.”

Photo: Snøhetta

Sustainability aside, the hotel features design elements to help bring guests closer to the environment and local culture.

For instance, the main body of the hotel is held up by a series of V-shaped wooden poles that extend down into the surrounding Holandsfjorden fjord.

This is an ode to the local vernacular, with the poles similar those used to elevate traditional fishermen’s houses called rorbues.

Beneath the hotel, a boardwalk allows visitors to stroll in warmer months, as well as doubles as storage space for boats and kayaks.

More information here.

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