Lofoten is an archipelago located above the Arctic Circle in the Norwegian province of Nordland. The islands are also referred to as ‘Lofotveggen’ or ‘the Lofoten Wall’ because from the air they look like an imposing closed wall. The hotel mimics the contours of the landscape, and is designed as a volume that closes upon itself. Like the tallest peaks in the mountain range which surround this location, the hotel rises to offer vantage views of the impressive landscape through its lattice facade. The 11,000-square-meter project contains a varied program of hotels, apartments, an amphitheater, a spa, rock climbing areas and natural seawater basins. All of these components comply not only with the strict conditions to build in this landscape, but also with the landscape’s limitations, the connection with the local context and the most exhaustive sustainable construction parameters. The complex sits on a protruding piece of land connecting the mountain and the ocean, and benefits from a location that will attract tourism to a place with a much milder climate than other areas at the same latitude, with temperatures above 0ºC throughout the year, in spite of its proximity to the Arctic.
Lofoten Opera AS
Architect, Landscape & Interior: Snøhetta.