World’s first energy-positive hotel planned for Arctic Circle


When approaching the Helgeland coastline, in northern Norway, you can’t miss the Svartisen glacier spilling down the side of Almlifjellet mountain.

Below, the gin-clear Holandsfjorden fjord — an extension of the Norwegian Sea — reflects the blue-toned mountain like a mirror.

It’s in this unspoiled environment that you’ll find Svart, which aims to be the world’s first energy-positive hotel when it opens in 2021.

Designed by international architecture firm Snøhetta and owned by Arctic Adventure of Norway and real estate company MIRIS, the futuristic circular retreat will harness geothermal and solar energy to produce a surplus of solar power that can be redirected back to the grid.

“Nature in the Arctic is fragile and pristine. We have to respect the natural beauty of the site and not ruin what makes Svartisen an attraction in the first place,” says Zenul Khan, Snøhetta’s Svart project manager.

 “By creating such a sustainable building, we aim to encourage a more sustainable approach to tourism by making people conscious about the way we experience exotic locations.”

Question: Do you think that we should try to create more structures like this or do you think we should leave nature as it is and stop building? What is the best way to preserve nature in your opinion?

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