Room with a View

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Curved across a rocky out­crop in Glapen, Nor­way, the Lo­foten Opera Ho­tel is an ar­rest­ing sight. The fu­tur­is­tic-look­ing 11,000sqm low-rise struc­ture, which loops around a cen­tral court­yard, in­cor­po­rates a ho­tel, apart­ments, spa fa­cil­i­ties and an am­phithe­atre in a set­ting offering ex­cel­lent hik­ing and other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. The spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tion, with its back­drop of rugged moun­tains and mag­nif­i­cent views across the ocean, gives the sense of be­ing in the midst of na­ture ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the el­e­ments while feel­ing co­cooned and pro­tected. The unique build­ing was de­signed by award­win­ning Olso-based firm Snøhetta, known for its em­pha­sis on sus­tain­abil­ity and its projects’ sen­si­tive in­ter­ac­tion with their sur­round­ings. While the ho­tel is un­doubt­edly re­mote, it’s well worth the jour­ney. The Lo­foten area is one of 18 na­tional tourist routes in Nor­way and is very pop­u­lar with hik­ers and na­ture lovers.

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