Bergen, Norway – In Bergen, a city off the southwestern coast of Norway, the monthly average of hours with sunlight dips well below 50 in the winter months. In the summer, this average skyrockets to nearly 200 hours due to the country’s latitude. While Norwegians might be relatively used to this massive fluctuation in light, visitors most likely aren't. This inspired Amsterdam-based design agency Concrete to design a hotel that would ease the immediate onset of seasonal affective disorder for tourists, and provide respite for locals.
At Hotel Norge by Scandic, a radiant light fixture emulates a giant sun in the lobby, an apt welcome considering the surroundings. Changing in colour throughout the day, the warm tonality beams over the curved, white ceilings and swathes the floor in a peachy orange. To get to the lobby, one must ascend an elevator, which provides a sort of a physical perception that you actually might be getting closer to the real thing.
We need imagination in order to process our spatial reality
For escapism to work – and we’re seeing this in anything from hospitality projects to workspaces – we need imagination in order to process our spatial reality. As we see this continuing theme of anti-reality represented, we are reminded of the essentiality of being able to mentally conjure up an alternative state-of-being to thrive in our surroundings.