Nestled gently on a picturesque hill, a charming cluster of Scandinavian chalets emerges, creating the illusion of a quaint village. Surprisingly, this enchanting sight is found in the heart of the Alsatian region of France. Hotel 48° Nord, an innovative eco-friendly hotel concept, is brought to life by Norwegian architecture studio Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter.
The vision of owner Emil Leroy Jönsson, Hotel 48° Nord was born from a desire to create an exceptional, ecological, and high-end hotel experience in the form of wooden cabins located in the tranquil village of Breitenbach. Jönsson, a landscaper and town planner by trade, aspired to create a place where guests could "live differently" and come together to enjoy the simple pleasures of a good meal, a walk, swimming, or simply doing nothing.
Influenced by both French and Scandinavian cultures, the hotel features 14 independent hyttes scattered throughout the natural landscape, surrounding a central house where guests can gather around the fire or a table in the restaurant, which serves exclusively local produce. Each cabin, constructed from locally-sourced chestnut trees, is designed to blend seamlessly into the landscape and features large glass windows that offer breathtaking panoramic views.
The interiors of the cabins are minimal, rustic, and beautifully designed, perfectly embodying the cozy and comfortable ambiance that defines the Nordic concept of hygge. The cabins are raised on stilts to minimize their ecological footprint and are presented in four distinct topologies of varying heights and shapes.
At Hotel 48° Nord, luxury is redefined as guests are given the opportunity to find beauty and comfort in the shifting colors, lights, and shadows of the seasons, and the very essence of nature's qualities. A true asylum for those seeking a peaceful and intimate getaway, the project showcases unique architectural expression, clean design, and a spirit of well-being. It serves as a perfect example of how design can enhance the connection with nature and create a meaningful experience for guests.