Svalbard’s “Doomsday” Seed Vault to Get a Snøhetta-Designed Welcome Center

Preserving some 986,243 seed species, in zero degrees Fahrenheit, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault protects the legacy of Earth’s fauna. For those who’ve long dreamed of seeing the site themselves, a visitor center known as The Arc is set to open in 2022. Design firm Snøhetta will lead, and their vision is two-fold. First, a mirrored, modernist main building (on a suspended timber frame, so …

Luxury Action’s Pop-Up Hotel at the North Pole

Ten heated glass-dome igloos, each with an en-suite toilet, will comprise travel operator Luxury Action’s pop-up hotel in the North Pole next year. It will be stationed in the center of the frozen Arctic Ocean during April (a one-month window is all that’s safe for helicopter travel), and a one-night stay comes complete with a chef, Arctic wilderness guide, on-site camp manager, and security team. …

Photographer Daniel Kukla’s Arctic Expedition

An Arctic Ocean adventure for the sake of the environment—and art

In October 2014, a sailing vessel will make its way in and around the archipelago of Svalbard, situated in the vast Arctic Ocean not far from the North Pole. The ship will be populated by scientists and researchers, thanks to The Arctic Circle Residency. And, with the help of a successfully funded Kickstarter, photo-based artist Daniel Kukla will also be aboard. Kukla has long contributed …