The latest buzzword in the hotel realm is “landscape.” For a lesson on how to make that word mean something, consider the Juvet Landscape Hotel in northwest Norway exhibit A. Rather than focusing on its own architecture, as most solipsism-prone design hotels will do, the Juvet showcases the sublime nature that surrounds it.
The hotel consists of seven minimalist buildings made entirely of pine and glass, each with its own exclusive, uninterrupted view of stunning topography that, as topography does, changes with the season, weather and time of day. Some overlook the Gudbrandsjuvet, a spectacular waterfall in a 20-metre-deep gorge. Others offer more meditative views, like the surrounding birch forest or an assemblage of rocks covered in moss. All foundations are laid on steel rods, so the cabins can be removed easily. The hotel, like you, is but a guest in nature. Book your stay, stat, and bring a camera.