Kuba in Lofoten will become a sport, leisure, wellness, business and hospitality center on a small island located in front of Svolvær, in the Lofoten archipelago (Norway).
The design of a new hotel with restaurants and cafés, along with a conference center, a SPA, a museum and an activity center, will bring an abandoned site with a huge potential back to life, while replacing the dismissed buildings of a fishing industry. Kuba will offer flexible spaces and new facilities to both tourists and the local community.
The traditional wooden structures, called “fiskehjell”, used to dry fish and still present at the southern end of the island, inspired the concept for the complex. The proposed 18.500 m2 transformation will become a new landmark facing on the west side the city of Svolvær and its spectacular mountains, on the east side the wide ocean and the close islands.
An important factor in the masterplan design was the relationship with the existing terrain and with the sea as a changeable living force. Sustainability is another key factor in the vision for Kuba: buildings are planned over existing traces of human intervention, while a green central area is left untouched, moss and grass will grow freely on the rooftop of some of the buildings, hot pools are shaped directly in the terrain and the hotel will be cantilevered over the sea minimising the land cover while creating a protected access for boats.
The fishing museum and the activity center, in particular, will offer unique experiences to visitors, and the opportunity to learn about the fragile environment they’re visiting and its history. The “Aurora Arena”, placed at the north-eastern corner of the complex, will be a privileged spot to enjoy the show of the northern lights dancing over the Ocean.