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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Ice House in Iceland by Minarc

August 4th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Minarc

To create a serene family sanctuary that harmoniously  connects inhabitants with the surrounding natural  environment, while combining the best sustainable, ecofriendly  materials and energy efficient technologies with  minimalist architectural design.

Exterior view

  • Architects: Minarc
  • Project: Ice House
  • Location: Iceland
  • Project Date: Completed Summer 2011
  • Project Size: 1500 sq. ft.
  • Program: Country vacation house

Exterior front

  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom plus loft.
  • Simple eco-conscious design focuses on functionality and creates a healthy living environment for the family.
  • The house is located in the beautiful a rural town of Iceland, a lowdeveloped region committed to the preservation of its beautiful natural scenery and resources.
  • Design elements were chosen carefully to maximize passive solar power and cross ventilation, minimizing electricity costs.
  • Conscious effort made to use materials in their most organic form.
  • To improve indoor air quality, no carpet or forced air systems (AC/HV) utilized.


  • The project reduces its impact on the natural ground by raising the structure with elevated decks and floors.
  • Native wood siding materials are locally sourced, which allows for the project to blend in with the surrounding regional landscape.
  • Large and expansive windows and openings are used in living area and bedrooms to provide abundant natural light, frame the beautiful landscape and enable a seamless connection with nature.
  • Master bathroom features a pebble rock wall referencing the surrounding landscape.
  • Exterior spaces designed for maximum indoor-outdoor living.
  • Outdoor shower encourages a closer connection to nature and the elements.
  • edible garden is incorporated into the exterior design to foster sustainable living.


Exterior view

Interor living room


Outdoor shower

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