Buildings designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta often look like the mountain peak for which the company is named. Snøhetta’s designs are simple, stark, and by all accounts breathtaking.

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But the company’s latest design, for a glowing ring-shaped hotel near the Arctic village of Glomfjord, Norway, is drawing attention for a slightly different reason. Inspired by the hotel’s climate-changed surroundings, including Norway’s second-largest, but rapidly dwindling, glacier, the owners of the Svart Hotel announced their intention to meet Powerhouse green building standards. If all goes according to plan, this sleek structure will create more energy than it uses.


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