A new, futuristic hotel is being built at the foot of a glacier in Norway, mixing groundbreaking design with forward-thinking environmentalism.
Set to open in 2021, the Svart Hotel Norway is the world’s first hotel to be designed after the ‘energy positive’ Powerhouse standard located above the Arctic circle. This means that, as well as being entirely sustainable, the hotel will generate more energy than it uses.
As well generating its own energy, the hotel will use 85 per cent less energy than a traditional hotel.
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However, its eco-friendliness is by no means the only reason to visit this stunning location. The hotel itself is a unique, circular design, meaning every room has stunning, panoramic views.
800 miles north of Oslo, the hotel is built at the foot of the Svartisen glacier, in the Meløy municipality. Far from what icy images may suggest, the Svart hotel sits above the clear waters of the Arctic fjord. In fact, to take full advantage of its stunning location, rooms come with their own decks meaning you can launch your kayak straight into the water without having to even leave the hotel.
The modern design is a collaboration between Arctic Adventure of Norway, architecture firm Snohøetta, and Powerhouse, a company that specialises in energy positive buildings.
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Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Founding Partner at Snøhetta, said:
Building an energy positive and low-impact hotel is an essential factor to create a sustainable tourist destination respecting the unique features of the plot; the rare plant species, the clean waters and the blue ice of the Svartisen glacier.
While the science behind the hotel is ingenious, such an amazing location means a whole host of activities right on its doorstep. From glacier hikes and seeing the northern lights, to practicing yoga in the midnight summer sun and fishing for local delicacies, the Svart hotel promises to be a unique adventure.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.