Set to open in 2024, Six Senses Svart is the first net energy-positive hotel in the world. Located in northern Norway, the 94-room hotel features a futuristic design and technological innovation. The name Svart, which means black and blue in old Norse, is a reference to the natural heritage of the ancient Svartisen glacier, which lies just within the Arctic Circle. To minimize the on-site impact, Six Senses Svart is poised on poles above the waters of the Holandsfjorden fjord, at the base of the glacier itself.
Inspired by 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, ensuring minimal land impact and seabed disruption. The hotel is the first building to be designed and built after the highest energy-efficiency standard in the northern hemisphere. It will harvest enough solar energy to go back into the system, covering the hotel, adjacent operations, boat shuttle, and the energy needed to construct the building – rendering it independent from the power grid. Such energy-positive buildings could deliver 89 percent of the 45 percent decrease in emissions required to reach the scenario where global warming is limited to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. It will also be self-sustaining, complete with its own waste and water management, recycling, and renewable infrastructure.
Each guest room will be fitted with the Svart Touch, a non-invasive touchless technology that will adapt the room to the guest’s state of mind and health. The sustainable Scandic interiors will be decorated with artwork, artifacts, and landscape follies.
The hotel will offer its guests immersive and purpose-driven experiences. They will be able to lounge in the Experience Center, where materials will be light and raw. The Alchemy Bar will highlight the rich history of regional healing techniques by turning local flora and fauna into pampering scents and scrubs. The Earth Lab will showcase “lifecycle living” initiatives on and off the property, while a Svart Design Lab will allow guests to discover how new technologies can bring the sector closer to carbon neutrality as part of a cradle-to-cradle hospitality offering. They will dine in The Marketplace, a zero-waste venue, where the lines between food storage, prep, and dining are blurred to create an inviting and active environment. Six Senses filters and bottles its own drinking water throughout its properties.
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