Floating snow flake hotel proposed for Norway


Plans have been unveiled for a snowflake-shaped hotel with a glass roof for guests to watch the Northern Ligts, located off the coast of Tromso in Norway.

Designed by Waterstudio, the project is launched by Dutch Docklands International, a firm specialised in building floating structures.

Krystall Hotel will be built in pieces in dry docks before being assembled on location, and will be accessed by boat.


Dutch architect and founder of Waterstudio, Keon Olthuis said: “Different to any vessel, this hotel is floating real estate and will not move.”

He added: “The floating basis is very big and because of that also very stable. You will not notice any movement. The shape provides most of the stability but additional technology with dampers, springs and cables is used to take away any acceleration.”

Explaining the project, he saidL: “Key for the design was that it should be a simple glass building that would allow the guests to get the most view on the Northern Light from their beds.”

“The Northern Light is the main feature for the hotel. Without the light we would not have chosen this location on water. It is far enough away from disturbing city lights.”

The final location will not be revealed until a full environmental assessment has been completed.

“Because it is floating we do not have any impact on that location,” said Olthuis. “We call it a scarless development. If you take it away after 100 years or so it will not leave any physical footprint. That is the only way to bring developments to such a precious and beautiful marine environment.”

“The environmental assessment study is for us the most important because we want to be absolutely scarless as that is the main driver behind our projects,” he added.

The developers said the hotel will be open before Christmas 2016.

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