Unusual Architecture + [Snøhetta]

Isole Lofoten, Vestvågøy, Norvegia: [LOFOTEN OPERA HOTEL BY SNØHETTA]
Lofoten Opera Hotel by Snohetta

Furthest west of Lofoten, in Moskenes community close to the town Sørvagen, is Glåpen. The site extends out to sea to the south and west, linking the contact between ocean and the tall, shielding mountains to the north and northwest. The location is spectacular, sunny, in the mighty landscape elements, yet in touch with old settlement and sheltered harbors. Snøhetta has developed a project and looked at a number of factors: the landscape “critical load” vs. new construction, functional and technical aspects of access, infrastructure, ecology and sustainability, connection to outdoors areas and existing buildings. The main goal is to find the development patterns and shapes that trigger the functional, architectural and experiential triggers the plot `s formidable potential.

Lofoten Opera Hotel by Snohetta

We think it will be essential to find a building program and a scale that “hits”, both in terms of economy, market and individual experience opportunities. The spectacular view and the feeling of being “in the middle” of the elements are the premier qualities of the site. Plot view, organization and habitat as form have been inspiring elements behind the concept. In a unifying gesture the site is captured in a circular movement, the complex layers of references to nature, culture, land qualities are translated into a band that transforms the site into a place.

Location: Lofoten, Norway Architect: Snøhetta Size: 11,000 m2 Status: Ongoing Client: Lofoten Opera AS