Planned Norway Hotel That Looks Like It’s Floating Above a Fjord Leads the Way in Sustainability

Snøhetta Plompmozes Miris/Courtesy Svart

The striking property will be located above the Arctic Circle and will offer stunning views of Norway’s second-largest glacier.

When, in 2022, Svart Glacier hotel opens in the Norwegian Arctic, it will be a luxury property worthy of a visit not only for its distinct architecture and interior design but also for its impressive sustainability features.


Snøhetta Plompmozes Miris/Courtesy Svart 

Located at the base of the Svartisen glacier, the property’s name (which means “black” in Norwegian) pays tribute to this stunning natural sight as well as its surroundings. Its unique glass-fronted circular shape, that extends from the shoreline and above the waters of the Holandsfjorden fjord, was conceived by Snøhetta, the Oslo-based design studio behind Under, the world’s largest underwater restaurant. Svart’s architecture was inspired by the A-shaped wooden structures Norwegian fishermen dry their fish on and a rorbue—a seasonal type of housing that is “suspended” above the water with the help of wooden poles.

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And as eye-catching as the property is from the outside, its interiors are also expected to make quite the impression. The hotel just hired the award-winning Danish duo Peter Bundgaard and Signe Bindslev Henriken of Space Copenhagen (who have also worked on the original Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, 11 Howard Hotel in New York City, and The Stratford in London) to lead the hotel’s interior design.


Snøhetta Plompmozes Miris/Courtesy Svart 

“The four elements’ intrinsic connection to Norse mythology has provided the design aesthetic, poetically and holistically bringing together the tactile materials of stone and wood from the earth, the transparency and fluidity of water, the magic warmth of fire, and the ephemeral intangible qualities of air,” said Bundgaard and Henriken in a press release. “The design aesthetic does not seek to mimic or filter the magnificence of the Norwegian landscape but to be a humble backdrop to it. The building itself—an unbroken, seamless circle—will become a portal dedicated to enhancing human connection to nature, the seasons, and to time itself.”

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Sustainability is a huge part of Svart’s identity. The hotel that will have about one hundred rooms, a farm, an indoor-outdoor spa, four restaurants, an education center, and a design laboratory,  will not only use 85 percent less energy compared to other modern hotels but it will also produce its own energy (the hotel’s roof is clad with solar panels). The goal is for the property to be completely carbon neutral and zero waste within the first five years of operation. Svart will also be the first hotel built according to the Powerhouse standard, set by the Paris Climate Agreement that requires zero-emission construction sites, environmentally friendly materials, and recycling, among other things.


Snøhetta Plompmozes Miris/Courtesy Svart 

The hotel will start taking reservations in 2021 and we already can’t wait to book our stay.