Location(City/Country):Rønne / Denmark
Year (Design/Construction):- / 2021
Area (Net/Gross):- / 1035 m2
Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:0
Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:0
- The structure, cladding and insulation of the building are made from wooden materials.
- Upcycled waste materials were used for the manufacture of furniture and as decoration.
- Many components of the building were designed with reversible joints and can be reused in other projects.
Project description as provided by the Architects.
Hotel Green Solution House (Hotel GSH) is located in Rønne on the Danish island of Bornholm, a popular tourist destination. In September 2021 it will open a new wing with 24 rooms, a conference room and roof spa – all built, clad and insulated using wooden materials. The new wing is designed by 3XN and GXN.
Built, clad and insulated with wood, a material that naturally absorbs CO2, Hotel GSH’s new hotel wing is expected to provide a positive climate footprint when built – something that has not been seen in a commercial building in Denmark before.
Wood shows the sustainable way forward
Despite the COVID-19 crisis that has hit the hotel industry hard, Hotel GSH’s Director Trine Richter expects a continuous flow of Danish companies and tourists to Bornholm for business and pleasure. At the same time, she hopes to show the way forward towards designing and using building materials other than steel and concrete, which are the primary materials used for construction today.
Upcycled materials used for decoration and well-being
Besides being all wood, the new hotel wing excels by upcycling waste products created from the offcut construction for the furniture and surfaces, while debris from local granite quarries in Bornholm are used for decoration in the conference room. The stone also helps to regulate the temperature in the conference room, as granite naturally stores heat and cold.
Furthermore, the building is all naturally ventilated via skylight windows and open areas, which eliminates the need for mechanical solutions. One of the hallmarks of the new building is that all the components are designed for reuse with reversible joints and will not end up as demolition waste as with conventional construction projects.
According to the International Environment Agency, the construction industry accounts for about 40 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions. Steel and concrete pose a great burden on the environment and are responsible for a total of 16 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions.
Client: Hotel Ryttergården
Architects: 3XN Architects