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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Snøhetta, Hotel Svart in the Arctic Circle

At the foot of the Svartisen glacier, in northern Norway, is the municipality of Meløy, the location of this hotel designed by Snøhetta. Compared with equivalent hotels in Norway raised in accordance with modern construction standards, the Svart consumes energy in an amount reduced in annual terms by approximately 85%, and also produces its own energy. Combining systems of traditional design with elements of energy production, the project complies with Powerhouse requirements, so in the course of a period of 60 years the building will generate renewable energy in an amount exceeding the total energy that would be required to maintain daily operations as well as to build, produce materials, and demolish the construction. The objective is to preserve the beauty of the landscape and the place’s fauna and flora through a sustainable construction that leaves a minimal environmental footprint.

The circular volume is inspired in vernacular architecture in the shape of the fiskehjell (A-shaped wooden structure for drying fish) and the rorbue (a traditional kind of seasonal house used by fishermen). The rorbue reference is materialized in the hotel’s structural support of wooden poles resistant to the elements that stretch several meters deep into the fiord.


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