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Pictures: The world’s first energy positive hotel

If you ask us, the arctic circle is pretty beautiful as is.

Especially on days like today, when it’s so hot we need to stare at pictures of icy terrain to help transport us to our happy place.

Thanks to the architects at Snøhetta, a small part of the arctic circle, the Helgeland coastline in northern Norway to be exact, is about to get a slightly more awe-inspiring.

Just below the Holandsfjorden fjord, you’ll soon find Svart, which claims to be the world’s first energy positive hotel.

Opening in 2021, the hotel is a collaboration between the Arctic Adventure of Norway, Snøhetta and Powerhouse.

The hotel will provide a 360-degree view of the Svartisen glacier and surrounding pristine coastline.

The best part? it plans to reduce its yearly energy consumption by 85% compared to other hotels, and it harvests enough solar energy to cover both the hotel operations and the energy needed to construct the building.

“By creating such a sustainable building, we aim to encourage a more sustainable approach to tourism by making people conscious about the way we experience exotic locations,” Zenul Khan, Snøhetta’s Svart project manager told CNN.

“Nature in the Arctic is fragile and pristine. We have to respect the natural beauty of the site and not ruin what makes Svartisen an attraction in the first place,”

We don’t think it ruins it at all.

Check out some of the beautiful pictures below and click here to see more.

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