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issue 43 - April/May 2018
CURVE magazine cover April/May 2018
Concept  Design  

THE POWER OF THE SUN

An Arctic Hotel Redefines 'Green'

In collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, Snohetta has designed Svart the world's first Powerhouse hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier that runs through Meloy municipality in northern Norway. The hotel is situated just above the Arctic Circle. Not only does this new hotel reduce its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85% compared to a modern hotel, but it also produces its own energy an absolute must in this precious arctic environment. The hotel will also become the world's northernmost Powerhouse building.

Svart's circular body 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 by 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. Parallel with the process of developing the architecture, the team at Snohetta has also worked on a unique identity for Svart. Svart is inspired by both the unique arctic nature and climate and the hotel's circular form with 360 degree views.

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