Snøhetta Svart Powerhouse Hotel, Norway

Our favourite architecture firm on the planet, Snøhetta, has just unveiled renderings for the staggeringly gorgeous Svart Hotel. Floating at the foot of the Svartisen Glacier above the Arctic Circle in Norway, Svart will be the northernmost ‘Powerhouse’ hotel in world.

Like virtually all of Snøhetta’s incredible designs, the Svart Hotel’s main goal is to preserve the pristine natural environment of its Northern Norway location. To do this, the Oslo-based firm have announced the Svart hotel as a ‘Powerhouse’, with the idea being that over 60 years it’ll generate more renewable energy than it will use.

The hotel has been designed in collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, and will be located at the foot of the Svartisen glacier which runs through Meløy municipality in northern Norway.


Not only does Svart reduce its yearly energy consumption by around 85% compared to a modern hotel, but it also produces its own energy through a roof clad in Norwegian solar panels produced with clean hydro energy – reducing the carbon footprint even further.

The circular body of Svart extends from the shoreline by the foot of the Almlifjellet Mountain and into the clear waters of the Holandsfjorden fjord. The circular shape provides a panoramic view of the fjord, but it also ensure that hotel rooms, restaurants and terraces exploit the Sun’s energy throughout the day and seasons.


The name ‘Svart’ means ‘black’ in Norwegian, and is a direct tribute to the dark ice of Svartisen glacier seen in the distance. The hotel itself can only be accessed by boat, and there are plans to introduce an energy neutral boat shuttle from the city of Bodø.

Head over to the Svart Hotel Website for more details and check out all of Snøhetta’s projects over at the Snøhetta Website.


Late last year, Snøhetta announced plans for the world’s first ever underwater restaurant in Norway.