Oh look, yet another place we now desperately need to visit.
It’s absolutely dreamy – and not just because of the location.
Svart is designed to be environmentally friendly, producing all of its own energy and using 85% less energy per year compared to your average modern hotel.
That’s thanks to a roof covered with solar panels, with each bit of the hotel strategically placed to best use the sun’s energy throughout the day and the seasons, as well as the use of geothermal wells to heat the building.
Furnishings will all be made from recycled or natural materials, too, so the eco-friendly factor extends to the interiors.
It’ll sit at the foot of the Svartisen glacier in northern Norway, providing incredible views and ensuring that the hotel will have minimal impact on the natural beauty of the area.
Oh, and it looks like a spaceship, which is cool.
Svart will have a circular body that extends into the shoreline by the foot of the Almlifjellet mountain and into the Holandsfjorden fjord, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding glacier.
It’s inspired by the form of the fiskehjell, a wooden structure used in the region for drying fish, and the rorbue, a seasonal house used by fishermen. That inspiration translates into the hotel’s weather resistant wooden poles that sit below the surface of the fjord and provide a wooden boardwalk for guests to stroll along.
Guests will only be able to access the hotel by boat, and there are plans to introduce an energy neutral boat shuttle just for transportation from the cit of Bod to the hotel.
‘Building in such a precious environment comes with some clear obligations in terms of preserving the natural beauty and the fauna and flora of the site,’ explains Snohetta’s co-founder Kjetil Traedal Thorsen.
‘It was important for us to design a sustainable building that will leave a minimal environmental footprint on this beautiful Northern nature.
‘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.’
No news yet on when, exactly, the hotel will be opening, but it’ll be on our ‘need to go there’ list the moment it’s accepting guests.