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hotel & restaurant concept
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2007 Norway

The Other side: First hotel concept i Norway to be selected by Design HotelsTM In the arctic Norwegian north, where Russia meets Finland, the Neiden plateau is the land of the Other Side resort. Located in the heart of the mystic Same country, still habited by the east same tribes, the Other Side offer an 180° view of the tundra landscape and famous salmon river, Neidenelven, that circles the plateau on its way to Barents sea, also visible in the distance. Other Side lives following the rhythm of the seasons, with unique natural phenomena's and adventurous activities. In winter the nordic lights pulsate through the sky, while the visitor can rush through a silent landscape covered in snow, in a sledge pulled by eager arctic dogs. The summer is one of never-ending light thanks to the midnight sun. Tracking paths in the 13000 km3 of untouched tundra, that surrounds the resort, will give opportunity for encounters with reindeer, the protected loom bird. Spring and autumn the red sun in west make for incredible skies. Fishing and hunting is then animating both visiting and local enthusiasts.

The Other Side

The Swedish/French designer duo Birgitta Ralston & Alexandre Bau have been inspired by the authentic magic of this last european wilderness and it's people; the Other Side reflect the soul of this earth and the Same spirit. A Same shaman drum drawing gives its symmetric layout to the resort, placing the individual houses and suites in a pattern covering the territory, while keeping it's genuine vegetation. Every house has it's own vital space and theme, expressed in contemporary forms merged with the regions genuine culture. Twelve Houses of Elements are designed following the elements that affect earth; wind, fire and water. Each house puts the visitor in a adventurous position in relation with nature, while providing total comfort. The Wind house is perched in the air, the Water house hovers over a pond and the Fire house offers a ritual fireplace outside. They are placed in groups of three that are joined by a tower: the Bathhouse, for private facilities. Each Bathhouse have a private lounge on the top, with fireplace, library and panoramic view. The Goddess Houses and suites have rich ornamental and Russian inspired interiors completed by fireplaces and fur, also found in the Other Side of the Moon restaurant. It's generous, modern cuisine, using local produce, is among the most recognized of the region. Soon the Red Sun Spa will propose full equipped installations, programmed to open in 2008.

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