The Home from ‘Ex Machina’ is Actually a Hotel in Norway and It’s Simply Breathtaking

Juvet Landscape Hotel

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.

 

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JUVET HOTEL | Photograph © Knut Bry

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.

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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.

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JUVET HOTEL | Photograph © Knut Bry

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.

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JUVET HOTEL | Photograph © Knut Bry