Sneak Peek: First Arctic Circle Hotel by Snøhetta

Svart sits at the foot of the Svartisen glacier by the Almlifjellet mountain and has a distinctive shape that emulates an extra-terrestrial cruiser. So, be inspired by this Sneak Peek: First Arctic Circle Hotel by Snøhetta!



In collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, Snøhetta has designed Svart, the world’s first Powerhouse hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier that runs through Meløy municipality in northern Norway. In short, the Svart Powerhouse, situated just above the icy tundra, is the world’s first Arctic Circle Hotel.


The circular body of “Svart” extends from the shoreline by the foot of the Almlifjellet mountain and into the clear waters of the Holandsfjorden fjord. The circular shape provides guests of the Svart Powerhouse a panoramic view of the fjord and more amazingly, the experience of living in such close proximity to unique icy environs.



 According to Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Founding Partner at Snøhetta: 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. It was important to design a sustainable building that will leave a minimal environmental footprint on the beautiful Northern nature. Building an energy positive and low-impact yet, one of the top luxury hotels is an essential factor to create a sustainable tourist destination respecting the unique features of the plot.


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The facades protect against insolation from the sun in the summer when the sun is high in the sky, removing the need for artificial cooling. 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. Materials with low embodied energy have been used to reach the Powerhouse standard.



Snøhetta is the first building to be built after the energy positive Powerhouse standard in a Northern climate. Not only does this new hotel reduces its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85% compared to a modern hotel, but it also produces its own energy – an absolute “must” in this precious arctic environment.

The precious nature surrounding the exclusive designs hotel can only be accessed by boat.


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