Size/ 11.000 m2
Client/ Skanska & Elite Hotels
Landscape Architect/ BOGL
Sustainability/ Targeting LEED Platinum, climate neutral/plus energy building
Älvdans is a design concept developed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen with Skanska and Elite Hotels. The concept presents a holistic approach to what the modern spa and hotel experience should be, one rooted deeply in reconnecting one with nature and restoring the surrounding natural beauty. Using locally sourced materials, a potentially realised project will directly link the local context and pay homage to its Nordic origins whilst exploring the softened interaction between nature and architecture.
A large sloping roof hovers above the lobby space; this exposed timber structure references the Swedish vernacular barns. A centrally located skylight provides a view of the everchanging sky and, like a solar watch, allows daylight to dance through the room throughout the day.
A bar and lounge area and a sunken seating zone with an open hearth call for relaxing activities or a rest after a long journey, hike, or refreshing swim. Locally sourced natural materials, Scandinavian design furniture, and textiles and artworks contribute to a sensual and cosy atmosphere. The transparent glass facades create a gradual transition between the inside and the outside and enforce the experience of being close to nature.
Älvdans world-class spa experience is rooted in a reconnection with nature; the spa's atmosphere is both mysterious and sensual. The warm and cold baths, massages, saunas, and swimming pools offer a wide range of therapeutic opportunities. This world-class destination will attract local, regional, and international guests who will experience the spirit of the site and its natural wonders with isolated views, moments in time, and varying weather conditions throughout the day and year.
Recycled locally sourced materials are used to construct the spa's indoor and outdoor facilities. The walls are cladded with waste slate veneer – a material that offers great aesthetic value and is highly sustainable and resistant to changing weather conditions and general abrasion. Floor tiles made from slate and wooden beam ceilings create a poetic frame where the spa experience can unfold. Slate roofing and solar panels placed on the roof combined with geothermal heating and cooling are integrated to minimise the energy consumption of the spa.
The Pavilion (Green House) connects the Lobby, Hotel, and conference facilities and will become a natural gathering point in the centrally located community space. With an outdoor kitchen, bar, and coffee shop, the Pavilion is the ideal place for social activities and breaks for both guests and local visitors. Programmed with a degree of flexibility, the Pavilion can host various events such as Christmas Markets, food markets with locally produced food, or a Midsummer Festival.
The overall structure comprises reclaimed wooden beams, a wooden floor, and a campfire site made from local stone. Scandinavian design furniture orchestrates a dynamic and pulsating gathering point.