The Clarion Hotel and Congress redefines the classical atrium hotel into a new, dynamic typology. Unlike the American or Asian hotel atrium with a centralized and vertical, magnificent but one-dimensional void under a glass cover, the void here is given a three-dimensional spatial quality, the result of a rotational logic to optimize the view from each room.
The hotel bears reference to the local city fabric of Trondheim in combining large structural lines with an intimate scale of interaction. The Lobby, an exceptional common space that connects all public functions, becomes a space caught in between glimpses and passages towards the harbor basin, the fjord, and the park.
The Hotel, a landmark without front or backside, has been a catalyst in the revival of the Trondheim waterfront. Its popular rooftop bar and variety of programs ensure that the hotel is continuously adding to the life of Trondheim residents and visitors alike – a lighthouse by the sea.