First energy positive Hotel

The world’s first energy-positive hotel will be located close to the Svartisen glacier, north of the Arctic Circle. Designed to be low-impact, the construction is based on local materials and subject to rigid sustainability criteria.

The hotel, which is designed by the Norwegian architect firm Snøhetta, will have about 100 rooms, an onsite education and design lab, and a sustainable farm producing ingredients for the hotel’s four restaurants.

The architecture is inspired by local coastal building traditions and stands on wooden piles dissolving the boundary between land and fjord. The shape of the hotel provides a panoramic view of the fjord and an experience of living in proximity to nature.

Svart is the first building to be designed and built according to the highest energy efficiency standards in the northern hemisphere. The hotel will save 85 percent of its annual energy consumption and it will harvest enough solar energy to cover both the hotel operations, including its boat shuttle operation, and the energy needed to construct the building.

The plan is for Svart to go off-grid within five years of operation. This means that the hotel, including its adjacent services, including the farm and the boat shuttles, will be completely self-sufficient in terms of electricity and waste management by then.

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