Svart Powerhouse Hotel

Floating at the foot of the Svartisen Glacier, the Svart Powerhouse Hotel is the first of its kind above the arctic circle. The hotel's main goal is to preserve the pristine natural environment of its Northern Norway location. It does so with a sustainable design and a minimal footprint. Using solar panels and strategic positioning, the building harvests its own energy allowing it to operate on about 85% less energy than standard hotels while private terraces cast a shadow eliminating the need for artificial cooling. The circular structure was built on wooden poles in order to reduce disruption to the landscape. Inspired by the local fishing heritage, the round design pays tribute to vernacular architecture while also affording guests with 360-degree views of Holandsfjorden Fjord and the alpine landscape.

Photos: Snøhetta

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