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Not to mention 360-degree panoramas of the Northern Lights. 

Melanie Lieberman
February 22, 2018

A dramatic new hotel project is underway in Norway’s northern Salten region, and it’s an exciting mix of high design and groundbreaking sustainability.

The circular Svart hotel (named for the dark blue ice of the bordering Svartisen glacier) will project out over the Holandsfjorden fjord, and afford sweeping 360-degree views of the remote Arctic terrain.

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Its shape and striking structural elements — like wooden stilts that lift the building out of the water — are inspired by traditional rorbue houses and fiskehjell, used by fishermen to dry fish.

But Svart will be more than just a beautiful property when it opens its doors in 2021.

As a collaboration between the architecture firm Snøhetta, Arctic Adventure of Norway, and Powerhouse, Svart promises to be entirely sustainable and energy efficient.

“Building in such a precious environment,” Snøhetta founding partner Kjetil Trædal Thorsen said in a presentation, “comes with some clear obligations in terms of preserving the natural beauty and the fauna and flora of the site.”

“It was important for us to design a sustainable building that will leave a minimal environmental footprint on this beautiful Northern nature.”

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Compared to traditional hotels, Svart will consume 85 percent less energy — and over the course of six decades, will generate more energy (by way of solar panels and geothermal wells) than it would theoretically take to build, run, and ultimately demolish the property.

Travelers will have active, nature-driven experiences during their stay at Svart, including expeditions to see the northern lights, hiking, and ice climbing. Kayaks can even be launched straight from a deck under the guest rooms.

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