Posts tagged as 'Iceland'
Reykjavik House by Moomoo Architects; photo courtesy of the architects
A Polish architectural practice Moomoo Architects have completed this single-storey minimalist house located in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. Uniformly white, the detached development features two fully-glazed walls and a terrace wall ‘which was pulled from the house and bended in a way that it looks like it came out from the landscape.’ (more…)
Harpa Concert & Conference Centre by Henning Larsen Architects; Photo by Osbjørn Jacobsen
While the news about Iceland’s economy may sound more like a broken record than a harp and the last year’s Eyjafjallajokull eruption covered the country with a blanked of dreary ash cloud, the scintillating angular-glass façade of the new cultural centre Harpa dazzles like a jewel in Reykjavik’s eastern harbour. (more…)
'Skrúdás' by Studio Granda, photo by Åke E:son Lindman
This single family home in Gardabaer, a small town close to Reykjavik was designed by the Icelandic architectural practice Studio Granda. The roof and walls are covered by sheer copper plates with minimal fenestration of the public façades. The backside of the house with its private garden, however, is characterised by a series of interconnected terraces with large sliding doors.
'Aluminati' in Reykjavik
Constructed by BAM and designed in collaboration with Martha Schwartz as part of the Reykjavik Experiment Marathon, the Aluminati Installation was conceived as a charged political statement intended to expose and address the current crisis of the Icelandic landscape.
Aluminum-encrusted portals allow daylight to pour into the dark hallways
The 500 sq m black box set within the courtyard of Kjarvalsstadir Museum is penetrated by aluminum-encrusted portals that allow daylight to pour into the dark hallways. The use of aluminum as a primary material exposes Iceland’s struggle to define the sacred role that nature plays in its national identity. Geothermal heat sources throughout Iceland have been tapped by foreign companies to smelt aluminum, posing a threat to the pristine landscape. Burdens of a struggling economy, however, have created a dilemma for an Icelandic Government benefitting from foreign interests in aluminum.
'Aluminat' is part of the Reykjavik Experiment Marathon
more information @ World Architecture News
to the BAM website
DIY Reykjavik Pavilion by Shift
For this year´s Reykjavik Design Days and 2009 Reykjavik Art Festival the New York based architects of Shift presented the temporary installation, the DIY Reykjavik Pavilion. The 45 m2-structure consists of individual alluminium triangles, which were calculated and processed through 3D software and offer high flexibility.
The architects words:
“The project is about testing the possibilities that ultimately arise with the collapse Iceland has seen. The modern ideological system which governed Iceland in every way has failed and Iceland is now about actualizing opportunities, not admiring false visions. How do designers navigate within this new reality? Are we going to look backwards and let the future happen or are we going to find a way to nevigate forward using what we have at hand? DIY Reykjavik Pavilion is about political controversy, new economy, new technology and community to ask questions about Iceland´s future.”
DIY Reykjavik Pavilion by Shift
to the Shift website
The research centre
The iclandic Rintala Eggertsson Architects recently unveiled their proposal for the Tomas Sæmundsson Centre in Rangarvallasysla, Iceland, where the founder of the icelandic independence movement was born 200 years ago.
The building is composed of two parts: A visitors centre, with a small museum function and a lecture space and a small research centre, an exposed tower with working facilities and accommodation for one person.
The vistiors centre
Here some words of the architects:
By placing the centre in Rangarvallasysla, according to the wishes of our clients, we felt that it was important to create a connection to the environment, where Tomas Sæmundsson spent most of his life. Our attention was drawn towards two places in Rangarvallasysla which were important in his life; Kufholl, where he was born and Breidabolsstadur, where he spent the last years of his life. These places are very different. One is on a flat river delta close to Markarfljot and the other one is in a hillside close to Hvolsvollur and the mountain Thrihyrningur. Having two different functions to deal with, we decided to divide them between the two places. The research centre was place at Kufholl and the visitors centre was placed at Breidabolsstadur. The two parts consist each of a main space and an entrance space. The main spaces are positioned on the same level above the ground, facing each other. In that way one is able to obtain a physical connection to two important places in the area, and a mental connection between the two.
The visitors centre
to the Rintala Eggertsson website