In the Academy Award-winning sci-fi thriller, Ex Machina, the story takes place in the lavish, isolated home of antagonist and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman.
In fact, the film’s ‘house’ is known as the Juvet Landscape Hotel, located within a nature reserve in northwestern Norway.
The architects behind the Juvet Landscape Hotel, Jensen & Skodvin, wanted to create a hotel that would not disturb the nature, but rather exist in accordance with the landscape of which it is a part of.
The hotel is made of nine detached rooms that are sited individually, each with a different scene on the rugged landscape. In addition, there is the chance to stay in the old buildings on the farm – the mill house, the barn and the authentically refurbished farmhouse – while meals are served in the old barn.
The architects envisioned a landscape hotel that would combine in with the natural surroundings. The result is seven short “cubes” on stilts, with glass walls that offer each space a striking view of the valley, the river, the courtyard or the dramatic gorge below. All the rooms have a dark interior to avoid stealing focus from the scenery.
The land of the hotel is a nature reserve. After deep negotiations with conservation authorities, permission was finally given for a plan allowing a maximum of 28 rooms to be built without the need for rock blasting or making any changes to the terrain.
There are some changes in hotel’s interiors for the movie, like the living room (with the natural rock face for a wall), were shot at a separate location; a private summer house, also designed by Jensen & Skodvin.