Architecture firm Waterstudio and developers Dutch Docklands have been given the go- ahead to construct a floating luxury hotel near Tromsø, Norway. Situated in Norwegian fjords within the optimal Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights viewing zone, the Krystall hotel will feature a glass roof so guests can enjoy one of nature’s finest spectacles from their beds.
Finer details on the five-star hotel’s structure are yet to be revealed, but early renders depict a snowflake-like structure that floats but remains in a stationary position.
It will include 86 guest rooms, conference rooms, a spa and wellness facilities, and will be accessible only by boat. The estimated price per room will be around 300 Euros. Its shape and size – 120 meters in diameter – will offer some degree of stability on the water, but a stabilizing system of dampers, springs, and cables will also be used to offer guests the feeling of standing on dry land.
An environmental study will be carried out before a final decision is made on any sustainable technology to be used in the build, but that some level of solar power will definitely be utilized in a bid to make the hotel as self-sufficient as possible. The hotel will be prefabricated in several large sections in dry docks in the Tromsø area before being transported by boat to the final location and assembled.
Construction is expected to start in mid-2015 and those behind the project hope to finish the hotel by December 2016.