Only 25 minutes away from the popular Røldal ski center in Norway you find the architectural gem, the Energy Design Hotel, built in the 1960s by the famed Norwegian architect Geir Grung (1926-1989). It was originally a part of the hydro-power plant Røldal-Suldal Kraft.
The Kilen area at Nesflaten is a unique architectural site, located in the midst of the Norwegian Discovery Route, through the fjords in the Ryfulke and Hardanger districts, between Stavanger and Bergen. The trail is based on a historic travel route for overseas tour operators in the 1880s.
Geir Grung developed the plans for the Sildal power plant and an adjacent dining hall, which are listed among the 12 most significant modern buildings in Norway.
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New owners took over the dining hall to transform it into an exclusive hotel in 2006.
In Energihotellet (The Energy Hotel) you can now enjoy original ‘60s furniture designed by Norwegian furniture designer Sven Ivar Dysthe, seen in the American TV-series Mad Men. You can also experience the warmth from the hotel’s very special fireplace in gold.
Architects Helen & Hard invited three artists to develop parts of the hotel’s interior with the intention to add more layers of exquisite value. The moveable reception is designed by Marli Mul, a dlecible textile room divider by Yngve Holen and furniture in the conference room by Randy Naylor.
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There are good opportunities for hunting, fishing and hiking un the nearby mountains. The Energy Hotel has 14 double rooms, all with view of the Suldals Lake and the mountains. The Energy hotel offers delicious local food.
Geir Grung was born in Bergen. He was trained at Bergen Arts School (Bergen kunsthåndverksskole) and later at the Norwegian National Academy of Crafts and Art Industry in Oslo. He received his diploma as an architect in 1949 and established his own architectural practice in 1950. Grung was a so-called modernist, involved in a group of architects known as Team 10. He was also an active participant in the Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne
The Unique Energy Design Hotel in Norway, written by Tor Kjolberg