Six Senses Svart will be the first energy-positive hotel in the world. Located on the crystalline waters of the Holandsfjorden fjord just off the North East coast of Norway, standing weightlessly at the foot of the Svartisen glacier, the 94-room hotel will combine futuristic design and technology with earthy, organic materials that use the least embedded energy to create a system that is a pioneer in carbon positivity. The hotel will be built using only solar energy and Six Senses Svart will be completely self-sustaining – off-grid and with its own recycling, waste, and water managment systems.
Taking its cue from the “fiskehjell” (an A-shaped wooden structure for drying fish) and the “rorbu” (a coastal fisherman’s cabin), Six Senses Svart will be constructed on poles; dissolving the boundary between land and fjord, ensuring minimal land impact and seabed disruption. The circular and transparent form is also completely deliberate, creating a feeling of openness and allowing a full appreciation of the natural world beyond. The hotel will be able collect solar energy from every roof and offer panoramic views and privacy with the expanded distance between rooms.
Six Senses is known for its spas and fitness & well-being programmes. The hotel will not only offer vitamin IVs, massages and scrubs but Svart Touch - a system that adapts each bedroom to the guest's state of mind.
The hotel will feature a zero-waste restaurant and bar serving only fresh local produce sourced from local suppliers.
The name Svart, which means black in Old Norse, is a reference to the natural heritage of the ancient Svartisen glacier, which lies just within the Arctic Circle, where summer days last forever and winter nights are lit by the breath-taking Northern Lights.
Commenting on the brand’s first project in Scandinavia, CEO of Six Senses Neil Jacobs said, “The concept has become bigger than the project itself, as it will provide a futuristic showcase for what can be achieved in terms of sustainability and energy solutions, and therefore a blueprint within our hospitality industry and the development sector in general”.
Six Senses operates 21 hotels & resorts in 17 countries. It is a member of the InterContinental Hotels Group and Six Senses will be the first major international luxury hotel group to be represented in Norway.
(images courtesy of Six Senses Svart)
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