Would you stay at this hotel right at the edge of the Arctic circle? Well you might, just for the stellar views of the Northern lights. But this luxury Arctic hotel has more than just nice views going for it. It will be one of the first energy neutral structures in a Northern climate. Hotel Svart will produce more energy than it will ever consume.
Architecture design firm Snøhetta spearheaded design this project. The aim of this project is to build a structure with a minimal environmental footprint and an optimized energy design. Svart will consume approximately 85% compared to a modern hotel. The building will also produce its own energy – an absolute “must” in unforgiving arctic environments.
The architects conducted extensive mapping of how solar radiation behaves in relation to mountainous location of the hotel. The result of the mapping informed the circular design of the hotel. The building was strategically placed to exploit the Sun’s energy throughout the day and seasons. Due to the long summer nights of the Arctic, the annual production of solar energy will be significant.
During the winter months, when the sun is low in the sky, the large windows of the façade allows for a maximum of insolation to exploit the Sun’s natural thermal energy.
“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.”
Founding Partner at Snøhetta, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen
The construction of the building was inspired by local architecture. Specifically a traditional Norwegian type of seasonal house used by fishermen called a rorbue.
The environmental goals of the project were conceived in partnership with the Arctic Adventure of Norway, a sustainable tourism organization aiming to make the pristine and picturesque landscape as much of a eco-tourist destination as their Icelandic counterparts have enjoyed over the last several years.
The project is slated for completion in 2021. No other construction details are available on the project. So there will be some time to wait before people can book rooms at the Arctic hotel.