The Lofoten archipelago in Norway is about to receive a spectacular architectural statement when construction of the newly unveiled Opera Hotel begins later this year. The project’s architects, radical-thinking Norwegian firm Snøhetta, have revealed images of a serpentine-shaped hotel complex that is as stunning and unique as the mountainous landscape . . .

Set low and coiled across a rugged outcrop, the design’s spherical form evokes the feeling of being in the middle of the elements and offers guests oceanic views from every location in the building. According to the architects, the building program focused on “the functional and technical aspects of access, infrastructure, ecology and sustainability, connection to outdoors areas and existing buildings.”

Future guests will be offered a complete accommodation experience with a mix of hotels and apartments, an amphitheatre, spa, hiking facilities and sea water basins located within the 11,000 sqm building. Once completed, the Opera Hotel is set to attract new tourists and guests to the Lofoten area which is home to one of Norway’s 18 national tourist routes.

Lofoten Opera Hotel