Snøhetta Designs Energy Positive Hotel in the Arctic Circle

Appearing to float above a Norwegian fjord.

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Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta has unveiled plans for a new energy positive hotel in the arctic circle. The company — which as designed everything from a Saudi Arabian art center to an underwater restaurant in Norway in recent months — has designed the building for the Arctic Adventure of Norway, a tourism organization in the region.

The circular structure stretches out over the fjord, with weatherproof wooden poles that stretch beneath the water to support the building. Other features have been added to both reduce the building’s energy consumption and produce its own energy. These additions include a roof clad in Norwegian solar panels, as well as geothermal wells connected to heat pumps. Take a look at the “Svart” hotel above, although there is no news on when the building will open its doors.

In other architecture news, Asif Khan has designed an Olympic pavilion in the world’s “Blackest Black” paint

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