Remarkable 'energy-positive' hotel planned for a remote corner of Norway

By On October 25, 2018

Remarkable 'energy-positive' hotel planned for a remote corner of Norway

Floating above the crystal clear waters of Holandsfjord, at the foot of the mighty Svartisen glacier and offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountainscape, a striking new project in northern Norway aims to become one of the world’s first “energy-positive” hotels.

Generating more renewable energy than it will consume over a 60-year period (including construction and demolition), the Svart hotel will have a roof clad with solar panels and a circular shape to maximise their effectiveness throughout the day and in all seasons.

Terraces will eliminate the need for artificial cooling in the summer, while during winter months thick windows will maximise insulation.

Weather resistant poles supporting the structure will form a boardwalk for guests in the summer and a storage unit for kayaks and other small boats in the winter. The height of the building wil l also leave room for guests to go paddling under the hotel.

To be located just inside the Arctic Circle, near the town of Bodø and the Lofoten Islands, guests at Svart will be able to enjoy long summer days and - if they are lucky - magical displays of the Northern Lights in the winter. Guided ice climbing and trekking around the Svartisen - Norway’s second largest glacier - as well as kayaking and fishing in the summer, are among the activities on offer on this remote stretch of coastline.

Svart will be supported by weather-resistant poles
Svart will be supported by weather-resistant poles Credit: snohetta

Svart - a project by architecture firm Snohøetta, Arctic Adventure of Norway, and Powerhouse, a collaboration which champions energy-positive buildings - is expected to open its doors i n 2021.

The circular shape helps it maximise energy from the sun
The circular shape helps it maximise energy from the sun Credit: snohetta

Located just outside Oslo, Powerhouse Kjørbo was the first project completed by Powerhouse. It is believed to be the first energy-positive building in the world.

The Svartisen glacier
The Svartisen glacier Credit: istock

To see our expert guide to the best hotels in Norway, follow this link.

Guests at Svart will be able to enjoy long summer days Guests at Svart will be able to enjoy long summer days Credit: snohetta
Source: Google News Norway | Netizen 24 Norway

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