In the 2015 film “Ex Machina,” a neurotic tech billionaire creates an artificially intelligent humanoid robot inside his mansion in the woods.
In real life, the mansion isn’t even a home at all — it’s the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Valldal, Norway.
The surrounding nature is an integral part of the experience of staying at Juvet, which is tucked inside a rural village surrounded by mountains and a river.
Keep scrolling for a tour of the hotel, which costs about $AU270 a night.
The Juvet Hotel is made up of nine wood-paneled pods scattered throughout the woods, owner Knut Slinning tells Business Insider. Two guests can stay in each pod.
To reach some of the pods, guests need to traverse this curved, steel bridge that hovers above the rapids.
Every room (except the bathroom and bedroom) in the pods has floor-to-ceiling windows. The transparent walls are angled in different directions, maximizing privacy.
Here is a pod's living space, where the main characters in 'Ex Machina' -- computer programmer Caleb Smith and the Dr. Frankenstein-type Nathan Bateman -- sit and chat for the first time:
Smith and Bateman speak to the humanoid, Ava, while she stands in a room made of completely transparent glass walls. But in the real Juvet, all of the interior walls are frosted.
The rest of the interior, which emphasises natural materials like concrete and reclaimed wood, is more muted.
Since western Norway's temperatures can dip to below zero degrees Celsius in the winter, every pod has heating and a fireplace to keep guests toasty.
There is also a common pod that all guests can use. The room in the common area pictured below serves as a dining room, just like it did in 'Ex-Machina.'
On the 430-square-foot deck outside this pod, there's a hot tub that overlooks the Valldola River. In the film, Bateman uses a punching bag near this tub.
The architects, Jensen & Skodvin, tried to make the hotel's design feel integrated with nature. Thanks to Juvet's expansive windows, guests can peer out ...
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