Lofoten Opera Hotel
Optimizing a spectacular site


Architecture, Landscape Architecture


About as far west as you get in Lofoten, in Moskenes municipality close to the town Sørvagen, Snøhetta has designed a hospitality complex that both opens up to and shields the guest from the nature. 

The location is spectacular; sunny, right in the middle of majestic landscape elements, but at the same time connected to previously populated areas and shielded harbors. The site stretches out towards the sea both to the south and the west. It links the ocean and the tall mountains to the north and north-west.

Technical details

Design Proposal
Glåpen, Norway

Lofoten Opera AS

11000 m2

The main goal for this concept design was identifying the development patterns and shapes that optimize the site’s potential about functionality, architecture, and user experience. Snøhetta has developed the project by looking at several factors: the landscape's limitations related to new construction, functional and technical aspects of access, infrastructure, ecology, and sustainability, as well as the connection to outdoor areas and existing buildings.

The shape creates an inner and outer space, and enhances the site’s inherent potential of an architectural expression. The concept and program are balanced in a mix of hotels, apartments, amphitheater, spa, hiking and sea water basins within 11,000 m2.