Mind-blowing Hotel Concept Above The Arctic Circle

Snøhetta has unveiled plans for one of the most mind blowing hotels – “Svart” — the world’s first energy positive hotel concept above the arctic circle. Not only does the design reduce its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85% compared to a modern hotel, but this arctic circle hotel also produces its own energy. The building extends from the shoreline by the foot of Norway’s Almlifjellet mountain and into the clear waters of the Holandsfjorden fjord. The circular shape provides panoramic views and offers a direct connection with the natural setting. The hotel’s construction references the region’s vernacular architecture in the form of the ‘fiskehjell’, (an A-shaped wooden structure used for drying fish) and the ‘rorbue’ (a traditional type of seasonal house used by fishermen). The rorbue reference translates into the hotel’s supporting structure, which is built from weather resistant wooden poles stretching several meters below the surface of the fjord. The poles ensure that the building physically places a minimal footprint and gives the building an almost transparent appearance.