I love the feeling of the Energy Hotel, I have a thing for kelly green and white when it is used together. The Hotel reminds me of some of the settings from the movie “The Shining”. Maybe they could shoot the remake there? I really like the dining and lounge chairs that were used in the project, can anyone identify these? The view from the hotel is stunning.
The Suldal power plant and adjacent dining hall, designed by the renowned architect Geir Grung in the 60s, is listed among the 12 most significant modern buildings in Norway. New owners took over the dining hall to transform it into an exclusive hotel in 2006. Its generally good condition led to a philosophy of minimal intervention. Only non-original or elements added later have been replaced or modified. New elements have been designed by re-using materials from the power plant, such as cables, wires and ceramic insulators.
Helen & Hard invited 3 artists to develop parts of the interior with the intention to add more layers of exquisite value: the lightweight, movable reception by Marli Mul, a flexible textile room divider by Yngve Holen and furniture in the conference room of Randy Naylor. In this process Helen & Hard performed the role of a curator and negotiatiated between the artists’ and the clients’ interests.
Helen & Hard was founded in 1996 in Stavanger on the west coast of Norway by Norwegian architect Siv Helene Stangeland and Austrian architect Reinhard Kropf.
We aim to creatively engage with sustainability, not only in the design of spaces, but also in the conception and organization of the design process, including construction and fabrication. Our goal is move away from a solely technical and anthropocentric view, allowing the project to unfold in relation to its physical, social, cultural and economic context.