Svart Norway: the world’s first Powerhouse hotel by Snøhetta

In collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, Snøhetta designed “Svart”  with the ambition to be the world’s first Powerhouse hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier that runs through Meløy municipality in northern Norway. Situated just above the Arctic Circle. The Hotel will open in 2024 under the flag of Six Senses Group.

“Svart” aimed to be the first building to be built after the energy positive Powerhouse standard in a Northern climate. Not only aiming to reduces its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85% compared to a modern hotel, but it also producing its own energy – an absolute “must” in this precious arctic environment.

-Building in such a precious environment comes with some clear obligations in terms of preserving the natural beauty and the fauna and flora of the site. It was important for us to design a sustainable building that will leave a minimal environmental footprint on this beautiful Northern nature. Building an energy positive and low-impact hotel is an essential factor to create a sustainable tourist destination respecting the unique features of the plot; the rare plant species, the clean waters and the blue ice of the Svartisen glacier, says Founding Partner at Snøhetta, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen.

Snøhetta’s work on the Svart project was completed in 2019. 

The project, disrupted by several financing issues, also due to Covid ’19 has been acquired by Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas that plans to inaugurate the venue on 2024.