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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.

Hofsos swimming pool in Iceland by BASALT Arkitektar

 
October 10th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BASALT Arkitektar

Hofsos is a small fishing village in the northern part of Iceland. It consists of small scale traditional Icelandic houses from the early twenties. The small scale of the surrounding village has been an inspiration in the design process of the swimming pool.
The site of the pool is by the coast on the main street leading to the village. From the site there is a magnificent view towards the Atlantic Ocean where the island Drangey lies in the horizon. In the wintertime the distant lights from the village of Saudarkrokur can be seen on the opposite shore.

Image Courtesy © Guðmundur Benediktsson

Image Courtesy © Guðmundur Benediktsson

  • Architects: BASALT Arkitektar
  • Project: Hofsos swimming pool
  • Location: Hofsos, Iceland
  • Photography: Rafn Sigurbjornsson, Gudmundur Benediktsson
  • Design team: Sigridur Sigthorsdottir, Marcos Zotes, Rosa Dogg Thorsteinsdottir, Johann Hardarson
  • Program: Swimming pool facilities
  • Head Designer: BASALT Architects
  • Partner in charge: Sigridur Sigthorsdottir
  • Lighting design: Gudjon L. Sigurdsson
  • Client: Private
  • Construction date: 2010
  • Area: 400m2

Image Courtesy © Guðmundur Benediktsson

Image Courtesy © Guðmundur Benediktsson

The connection to the island of Drangey is of great historical and cultural importance. One of the most important characters in the Icelandic Sagas, Grettir, swam to this island escaping from a battle on shore. The swimming pool is positioned in an axis facing directly towards the island, giving swimmers in the pool the feeling that they are swimming Grettirs route to Drangey.

Image Courtesy © Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

Image Courtesy © Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

The swimming pool is delicately integrated into the landscape, cutting itself into the site and opening up towards the view of the Ocean and the island of Drangey. The building and the landfill against the gables creates protection against both the strong northern wind as well as from disturbance from the road and the surrounding village. The building complex contains changing facilities, swimming pool and two Jacuzzis. The main construction of the building is in situ cast concrete, clad with industrial glazing elements. The industrial glazing is translucent, allowing daylight to flood through but without being transparent. This gives a special experience and comfort in the changing rooms. Icelandic hand-made stones are used as flooring. The exterior lighting is minimized to experience the stars and Northern lights which are frequent in this area during wintertime.

Image Courtesy © Guðmundur Benediktsson

Image Courtesy © Guðmundur Benediktsson

Image Courtesy © Guðmundur Benediktsson

Image Courtesy © Guðmundur Benediktsson

Image Courtesy © Guðmundur Benediktsson

Image Courtesy © Guðmundur Benediktsson

Image Courtesy © Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

Image Courtesy © Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

Image Courtesy © Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

Image Courtesy © Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

Image Courtesy © Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

Image Courtesy © Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

Image Courtesy © Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

Image Courtesy © Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

Image Courtesy © BASALT Arkitektar

Image Courtesy © BASALT Arkitektar

Image Courtesy © BASALT Arkitektar

Image Courtesy © BASALT Arkitektar

Image Courtesy © BASALT Arkitektar

Image Courtesy © BASALT Arkitektar

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