Designed by 3XN, Hotel GSH is Denmark’s first climate-positive hotel
Green Solution House (GSH) is a hotel located in Rønne on the island of Bornholm, a popular Danish tourist destination.
In 2021, it will inaugurate a new wing comprising 24 rooms, a conference hall, and a roof spa, all built using materials that will not simply be CO2 neutral but are aimed to be “climate positive”.
Indeed, the structure, cladding, and insulation of the new wing will be made with wood – a material that naturally absorbs CO2 and which is expected to provide a positive climate footprint, something unprecedented in a Danish commercial building.
The new wing is designed by award-winning Danish architectural firm 3XN with GXN (GXN is the sustainability-driven green think tank of 3XN specializing in circular design, behavior design, and digital design)
“The idea is simple – we believe that climate positive architecture combines good design and good business. Today destination tourism has got multiple dimensions. Hotel GSH will provide a blueprint for a climate positive future and this experience is a destination worth traveling for, which ultimately makes it a good business for our client”, says Kasper Guldager Jensen, architect, partner 3XN, and founder of GXN.
Wood shows the sustainable way forward
Despite the COVID-19 crisis that has hit badly the hotel industry worldwide, 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. “Even though the industry is having a hard time right now, we are full of expectation that the Danes will continue to spend their holidays in Denmark, and that companies will continue to demand meetings and conferences with a sustainable set-up. We are excited about the prospect of setting new standards for Danish commercial construction with this new climate-positive building, where the load-bearing structure will be made from wood. Everyone talks about it – we build it,” says Trine Richter, Director, Hotel GSH.
Hotel GSH, rendering of the new wing, view from north-east, credits 3XN
cover image: Hotel GSH, rendering of the new wing, view from the south, credits 3XN
Upcycled materials for decoration and well-being
Besides being entirely made of wood, the new hotel wing will excel in upcycling waste from the offcut construction of furniture and cladding products while debris from local granite quarries in Bornholm will be used for the decoration of the conference room. The stone will also help to regulate the temperature in the conference room passively, thanks to the granite stone high thermal inertia.
Furthermore, the building will be naturally ventilated via skylight windows and “buffer areas”, thus eliminating the need for mechanical ventilation systems. 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.
“It is a privilege to work with a developer who is completely uncompromising in her approach to sustainability and the circular economy. In this way, the project is making the impossible a reality. In addition to creating the foundation for a successful business, I hope that the new project can help to show others the potential of wood construction. If we in Denmark want to be able to achieve our climate goals, the construction industry needs to think and act differently, and there is, therefore, a great need for lighthouse projects like this,” says Kasper Guldager Jensen, architect, partner 3XN, and founder of GXN.
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.
Hotel GSH opened in 2015 and was also designed by Danish architects 3XN and their green think tank GXN.
Construction of the new wing at Hotel GSH will begin in autumn 2020 and is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2021.
Hotel GSH, rendering of the new wing, view of the roof-terrace, credits 3XN
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