Arctic circle to have World's first energy positive hotel
The Arctic Circle has a mystical attraction for travellers seeking to experience one of the world\'s most remote regions before it melts away.
London : The Arctic Circle has a mystical attraction for travellers seeking to experience one of the world's most remote regions before it melts away.
While approaching the Helgeland coastline, in northern Norway, there's a Svartisen glacier spilling down the side of Almlifjellet Mountain. Below, you can see Holandsfjorden fjord an extension of the Norwegian Sea that reflects the blue-toned mountain like a mirror.
It's in this unspoiled environment where the world's first energy-positive hotel, Svart, will open in 2021.
It is designed by international architecture firm Snøhetta and owned by Arctic Adventure of Norway and real estate Company MIRIS quoted CNN Travel.
To meet the Powerhouse standard, the Snøhetta team had to optimize energy usage across every aspect of the hotel.
The first tactic was deciding to build the property from naturally occurring local materials, such as stone and weather-resistant wood. These require minimal energy to create and transport, unlike fossil fuel-derived cement or steel.
Rationalizing building systems including ventilation, cooling and heating will also keep energy expenditure down.
Shaded terraces, for example, will eliminate the need for air conditioning during the summer, while geothermal wells will heat the building in winter.
Solar power is what will take the hotel from energy efficient to power positive.
Svart's unique aquatic location and window-lined circular shape mean that each room and restaurant will enjoy uninterrupted views of the fjord.
For those concerned about getting too close to nature in a biting Norwegian winter, Stølsnes says guests might be pleasantly surprised.
In the chilly winter months, travellers will have the best chance of seeing the aurora borealis dance above the Svartisen glacier and snow-capped mountains.