The Brattøra harbour basin. Pirbadet public swimming pool to the right.

The Brattøra harbour basin. Pirbadet public swimming pool to the right.


The star is both roof, wall and entrance canopy.

Prefabricated concrete bridges span between the hotel room blocks.

Skylight in the hotel lobby.

The roof star with skylights, seen from the construction crane.


The star wall unfolds as a canopy above the reception.

Paper model of the star wall, early phase.

The star wall is mounted on a steel substructure.

The facade of the congress building is covered with coated aluminium sheets and changes with the light.


Developing a facade expression. Simple materials are cut and bent.


“A cosmopolitan star with a thousand years of Trondheim DNA!” claims the hotel web site.


View of the harbour through one of the screenprinted "windows".

Chandelier in the congress hall, designed by Space Group.

Full-scale test of light conduction in the chandelier elements.


View of the city with the medieval Nidaros cathedral.

The hotel and the congress centre have separate entrances.

Clarion Hotel offers a new interpretation of an established hotel typology, where the central glazed atrium is transformed into a dynamic experience by dissolving the hotel room wings into four separate volumes, optimising the view from the rooms and opening the central space to the fjord and the dockside as well as to the surrounding city on all sides.

The organisation of the discreet volumes reflects the urban structure of Trondheim, which combines larger structural lines with smaller, intimate alleys. The large central space, topped with a golden “star” structure, is offered to the city as a new urban space, further extended by the suites of meeting rooms and the congress centre, café- and restaurant spaces and the sky bar at the top.

The windows of the hotel rooms are framed by a pattern of dots printed on the glazed facade. The patterns add insulation (the building has achieved energy grade A) as well as sun screening. The facade of the congress building consists of laser-cut patterned aluminium sheets, and the architects have designed the carpet pattern, the acoustic wall in the conference room, and twelve unique chandeliers.

The hotel rooms and restaurants have been fitted out by interior architect Anders Bjørkén. Outdoor areas are designed by Plan Arkitekter AS.