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Sustainable hospitality: eco-friendly designs from the Nordics to Central Eruope

It might sound like something futuristic, but the Svart Hotel (in Norway) will be not just an attractive destination from 2022 because of its magnificent environment, but it will also fit and exceed the highest standards of sustainability.

The operations on the 99-room hotel are already have been started, with a great focus on energy efficiency and being eco-friendly. Svart will consume 85 per cent less energy than other traditional hotels, an important consideration given that the entire project is located on the Holandsfjorden fjord, next to the Svartisen glacier.

Furthermore, the hotel will be energy-positive, which means it will produce more energy than it uses. By being fully sustainable in this way, it will be off-grid and carbon-neutral and will produce zero waste. To achieve these ambitious goals architects and environmentalists are working together to map solar radiation patterns in the region to optimise energy output throughout the year. What is more, the roof will be clad in Norwegian solar panels, ensuring that a reduced carbon footprint will be achieved even before the hotel is open.

The exterior will blend into the environment around it and reduce the hotel’s impact on the fjord. The interiors will also have a Nordic cool vibe, which means plenty of hygge touches throughout.

There are many other architectural initiations which are aspired to accomplish and design elements that fit into their natural environment. Just like Living Design, which is a Swedish based international interior design company. As a result of its wide range of innovative and creative services, it brings together art, architecture and interior design.

“Buildings are all around us and they emit emissions,” said Tarek Hegazy, CEO of Living Design, during the Budapest Climate Summit, which took place on 9 October. “Customers are willing to spend for something that doesn’t impact the environment.”

According to him, hotels should reduce emissions by 66 per cent by 2030 which is not far away. Buildings breathe because of the users, so the focus should be on sustainability, on how we place the architecture so that it is comfortable for the users and the interior design is good.

“This is the concept of sustainable hospitality interior design which begins with energy efficiency,” he added. “Energy management system is just the tip of the ice, we need to control the use of energy in the interior space, energy wasted when customers are out of the rooms. Hotels use a lot of water energy but consume a lot of waste and food waste, so the waste reduction is important. Ethic has to be established.”

The concept is spreading and already has representatives in the CEE region as well: Hellowood, based in Budapest, specialises in designing and building custom-made, temporary installations that people can use and enjoy. The firm is also serving as a platform for architectural dialogue and experimentation and as a creative architecture and design studio. Their work is highly driven by innovation and social responsibility: their main material is wood and other sustainable ones, so the emphasis is also on being eco-friendly.

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