Snøhetta Architects has unveiled plans for a stunning, serpentine-shaped hotel for Norway’s Lofoten archipelago. Although the Lofoten Opera Hotel’s bold design is certainly striking, the curvaceous building subtly blends into the breathtaking landscape of rugged mountains and expansive sea. Construction on the 11,000 square meter structure is expected to begin later this year and when it’s completed, we expect it will boast some spectacular views.
The design’s circular shape was paramount to Snøhetta’s goal to provide hotel guests and residents with views from every location inside the building. In order to build on the rugged landscape, the Oslo-based architects calculated specific patterns and shapes that could fuse into the landscape while simultaneously enhancing the design’s formidable potential. According to the architects, the building strategy focused on the “functional and technical aspects of access, infrastructure, ecology and sustainability, connection to outdoors areas and existing buildings.”
While the location of the project may seem a bit remote, the hotel is projected to attract new guests to the Lofoten area, which is on one of the 18 national tourist routes in Norway. Very popular with nature lovers, the 184 kilometer route is also home to the Eggrum rest stop designed by Snøhetta in 2007. Upon completion, the Lofoten Opera Hotel will accommodate both hotel space and apartments as well as spa facilities, seawater basins, an amphitheater and many outdoor sport activities.