Snøhetta unveils “Svart”, the Arctic Circle’s first energy-positive hotel
<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nc/ncm8s1dtzj5afsuz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />From an <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150045715/sn-hetta-s-much-discussed-underwater-restaurant-breaks-ground" rel="nofollow" >underwater restaurant</a> to a <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150048774/sn-hetta-designs-controversial-black-crystalline-u-f-o-for-norwegian-artist" rel="nofollow" >debatable black crystalline U.F.O</a>, <a href="https://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" >Snøhetta</a> just revealed their design concept for “Svart”, described as the Arctic Circle's first Powerhouse-standard, energy-positive hotel. Designed for the tourism company, the Arctic Adventure of Norway, the hotel's name refers to its proposed location at the foot of the Svartisen glacier in Meløy of northern Norway. Svart is also a tribute to the glacier's deep blue ice.
Located in the arctic environment where natural preservation is key, the circular hotel reduces its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85 percent and produces its own energy. Inspired by local vernacular architecture, Svart's design is based on the “fiskehjell” (an A-shaped wooden structure for drying fish) and the “rorbue” (a traditional seasonal house used by fisherman).
In reference to the rorbue, the hotel's supporting structure is built from weatherproof wooden poles t...