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"Svart" the world’s first Powerhouse hotel

28 February 18 | RE+D Magazine


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"Svart" the world’s first Powerhouse hotel
 
Adress:
Svartisen, Norway
 
Year of operation:
2021
 
Structure:
2017-2021
 
The name “Svart”, meaning "black" in Norwegian, is a direct tribute to the deep blue ice of Svartisen and the Svartisen name.

 

As the word for "black" and "blue" are the same in old Norse, the name is a reference to the natural heritage of Svartisen, its precious glacier and its natural surroundings.

In collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, Snøhetta has designed “Svart” the world’s first Powerhouse hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier that runs through Meløy municipality in northern Norway.

The hotel is situated just above the Arctic Circle located in the Svartisen, Norway and it is an ongoing project which is estimated to be completed by 2021, according to the snohetta’s official online presentation.

The circular body of “Svart” extends from the shoreline by the foot of the Almlifjellet mountain and into the clear waters of the Holandsfjorden fjord.

The circular shape provides a panoramic view of the fjord and an experience of living in proximity with nature. 

The construction is inspired local vernacular architecture in the form of the “fiskehjell” (A-shaped wooden structure 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 in the pristine nature, and gives the building an almost transparent appearance.


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