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World’s First Energy-positive Hotel In Norway

Six Senses gives all another reason to visit the Kingdom of Norway — the world’s first energy-positive hotel coupled with gorgeous fjords and skies.

Apr 28, 2022 | By Cleo Yong
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Set to open in 2024, Six Senses Svart will be the first energy-positive hotel on Earth, entirely off-grid and carbon neutral.

Snug and standing weightlessly at the foot of the spectacular Svartisen glacier, the 94-room hotel will present a new perspective for adventurous and eco-conscious travelling — both a growing demand for many after the pandemic eased up more companies move towards ESG trends.

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Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses, said that the hotel takes the company to another level of “pushing boundaries” as exceptional creativity is required for sustainable properties.

“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,” commented Jacobs.

Sustainable Throughout

Six Senses Svart is the first structure to be built and designed following the highest energy-efficiency standard within the northern hemisphere. Independent from the power grid, it will harvest ample solar energy to return into the system — covering the boat shuttle, hotel, adjacent operations and the energy required to construct the building.

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The goal is to reach a scenario where global warming is limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. And energy-positive buildings are able to contribute largely to decreasing emissions. The hotel proves and demonstrates that carbon neutrality can be achieved in a sophisticated development at an eco-sensitive site and be profitable at the same time.

Additionally, Svart will be self-sustaining, complete with recycling, renewable infrastructure, and waste and water management. The team will collaborate with existing sustainable fishing and farming operations and engage like-minded local suppliers for the bars and restaurants.

In enhancing the vision of Svart, a Net Zero Lab has been established to reach the goal of net-zero travel. Meaning to say, the guest journey will have zero environmental impact from the very beginning to end.

“The mission is to achieve common ground for all stakeholders pushing the technology to the next level to benefit the resort and the industry at large,” said Jan-Gunnar Mathisen, CEO of the project’s owner and developer.

Visionary Structure And Design

‘Svart’, which translates to black and blue in old Norse, refers to the natural heritage of the ancient Svartisen glacier. Six Svart’s location is perfect for travels, where summer days last forever and the breathtaking Northern Lights illuminate winter nights.

For the destination, hospitality company Six Senses “combines a futuristic design and technological innovation with earthy, organic materials that use the least embedded energy”. To minimise land impact and seabed disruption, the hotel is poised on poles above crystal-clear waters of the Holandsfjorden fjord — merging the boundaries of land and fjord.

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Image: Snøhetta Plompmozes Miris
six senses energy-positive hotel
Image: Snøhetta Plompmozes Miris

The Six Senses Svart’s distinct circular shape and transparent appearance create a genuine feeling of “openness and perpetual consciousness of nature”. On top of that, guests will be able to enjoy the stunning panoramic views.

Aside from sustainable Scandic interiors made with superior craftsmanship, the hospitality company brings about an authentic taste of regenerative travel with non-invasive touchless technology. With pioneering wellness known as part of the Six Senses DNA, the Svart Touch concept will adapt the room to respective guests’ health and state of mind.

“Six Senses is redefining the travel experience through technological innovation, ground-breaking design, and exceptional guest wellness journey by creating a carbon-neutral visionary destination where we can showcase the core pillars of what modern hospitality design and operation can achieve,” Svart development director Ivaylo Lefterov concluded.

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Six Senses currently operates 21 hotels and resorts in 17 countries and has 33 more properties in the development pipeline. However, this Norwegian outpost could very well be the start of a new era. Make a reservation for an integrated experience on your next regeneration journey here.

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