Loading…
  • Svart-Is-an-Energy-Positive-Hotel-in-the-Arctic-Circle-1
  • Svart-Is-an-Energy-Positive-Hotel-in-the-Arctic-Circle-2
  • Svart-Is-an-Energy-Positive-Hotel-in-the-Arctic-Circle-3
  • Svart-Is-an-Energy-Positive-Hotel-in-the-Arctic-Circle-4
  • Svart-Is-an-Energy-Positive-Hotel-in-the-Arctic-Circle-5
Loading…

Snøhetta is a name you’re familiar with if you frequent this site, as we’ve featured a couple of the firm’s otherworldly structures. It should come as no surprise, then, that the latest is once again incredibly unique and absolutely stunning. Svart is a new hotel in the Arctic Circle that’s energy positive. What does that mean? It means it produces its own energy, which is of extreme importance in the Arctic. The circular hotel also reduces yearly energy consumption by 85%, so its addition to such a place won’t interfere with its delicate surroundings. Of course, a powerhouse building that looks like a drab office complex wouldn’t really garner attention, so Svart follows the Snøhetta design ethos, with 360° views, blue colors that echo the glacier ice around the hotel, and a wooden support system inspired by structures used to dry fish. Oh, and a great view of the Northern Lights ain’t too shabby either.

Moon-Puzzle-IF2

We pride ourselves on being able to tackle problems and jigsaw puzzles like everyone else–from the edge pieces in. That’s a little more difficult when it comes to thousand piece adventures like the Moon puzzle you see here. In is out, out is in, and there’s an entire quadrant of almost fully gray pieces that depict the lunar surface, but all of that just adds to the productive difficulty you’ll experience when you’re assembling this jigsaw version of modern history. As they tell it, “July 16, 2019 marked the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch – the historic mission to the Moon where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first of humankind to set foot on the Moon. Our Moon puzzle celebrates this momentous achievement and will challenge and delight puzzle solvers everywhere.”