Visitors to Norway’s Halondsfjorden Fjord have something fabulous to look forward to – the area is to be the site of a high-design and also highly sustainable hotel called Hotel Svart. Ambitious renderings of the project reveal a ring shaped structure that appears to hover above the water on stilts.
Thanks to its novel shape, this hotel will offer 360 degree views of the frosty area which attracts travelers keen for a look at the Northern Lights. Also close by is the famous Svartisen glacier which the hotel is named after.
The ring shaped structure is not just a novelty, but also a way to ensure that the hotel’s solar panels can provide light through different seasons.
The rooms of the hotel may have large windows, but they are carefully designed to retain heat in this Arctic region. Overall the hotel is intended to be energy positive i.e. to produce more energy than it consumes. Svart will supposedly consume a whopping 85% less energy than other hotels.
In an effort to promote sustainability, the hotel will have a minimal impact on the surrounding environment which includes rare plant life.
“It was important for us to design a sustainable building that will leave a minimal environmental footprint on this beautiful Northern nature,” said founding partner Kjetil Trædal Thorsen. “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.”