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Cottages in Brekkuskógur, Iceland by Arkibúllan Architects

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Article source: Arkibúllan Architects

Brekkuskógur Cottages are designed by Arkibullan Architects, for the BHM Icelandic Academic Association. The entrance is under a porch towards the north, whereas towards the south lies the veranda with a hot tub and outside dining area. Kitchen, dining area and living room merge together to provide the houseguests with simutaneous views of the scenic landscape in all directions. A corridor covered in bookshelves from floor to ceiling leads to the bedrooms and the bathroom.

Image Courtesy © Auja

  • Architects: Arkibúllan Architects 
  • Project: Cottages in Brekkuskógur
  • Location: Brekkuskógur, Iceland
  • Photography: Auja 
  • Client: BHM, Icelandic Academic Association. 
  • Completion Date: 2012
  • Software used: Vectorworks

Ice House in Iceland by Minarc

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

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


Reykjavik House in Iceland by Moomoo Architects

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Article source: Moomoo Architects

The project of the house should fit within the border lines of the local master plan which was established for the chosen plot. Consequently the exterior building dimensions including terraces and roofing are 15,5m x 17m which is the maximum area that can be achieved in the plot.

The house answers to the needs of future inhabitants, both in the visual and space organizational ways.

Reykjavik House

  • Architects: Moomoo Architects
  • Project: Reykjavik House
  • Location: Reykjavik, Iceland


Stöðin: Roadside stop in Borgarnes, Iceland by KRADS

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Article source: KRADS

“Stöðin”, a roadside stop in the Icelandic countryside, is a conjoined restaurant, drive-through, convenience store and gas station. Due to the 65-year long presence of an American army base in the country, Icelandic culture has been shaped by American influences. Stöðin addresses this cultural relationship by incorporating architectural elements from the American diner that contrast the traditional Icelandic building method of in situ cast concrete. The exposed concrete of the exterior bestows the diner with a permanence unknown by its American counterparts creating a friction between its streamlined aesthetics and the rustic frontier. An elongated bar-desk transforms into seating arrangements and characterizes the semicircular restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the scenic fjord Borgarfjörður.

Stöðin in the bright Icelandic summer night

  • Architects: KRADS
  • Project: Stöðin: Roadside stop
  • Location: Borgarnes, Iceland
  • Size: 312 m2
  • Building lot: 4.840 m2
  • Year compl.: 2012
  • Client: Skeljungur, the Icelandic branch of Shell.
  • Collaborators: Aok-design (on interior), Ferill (engineering, structural/HVAC), Mannvit (electrical engineering).
  • Contractor: Ístak
  • Photography: Kristinn Magnússon


Hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland by OOIIO Architecture

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: OOIIO Architecture

In Reykjavik, Iceland capital they wanted to build a big new hotel in Ingolfstorg, a public existing plaza in Kvosin, the city historical  center, very close to the Iceland Parliament.  The program was asking for a way too big building that couldn´t work well with the existing city pattern. There are no big buildings  on this area.  OOIIO Architecture team decided to break the big hotel into 2 hotels. This decision make all the program to work much better,  not only because the size of the buildings is more suitable with the historical center, also because the client could build now the  buildings in different phases, and if he wants, use building A as a 5 stars hotel and building B as a 4 stars hotel, so the scheme is  more  flexible for its economical benefits.

Hotel in Reykjavik

  • Architects: OOIIO Architecture
  • Project: Hotel in Reykjavik
  • Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Team: Joaquín Millán Villamuelas, Belén Gómez Mendiguchía, Javier Urruti a Sanchez, Kristi nn R. Ólafsson, Gema López March, Marta Cacho Guinea.


“SNÆFELLSTOFA“-Visitor´s Center in Skriduklaustur í Fljótsdal by ARKÍS ARCHITECTS

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Article source:  ARKÍS ARCHITECTS

Visitor´s Center

Snæfellsstofa Visitor Center communicates the dignity of the surrounding nature and is closely connected to its immediate surroundings. It attracts visitors to its unique appearance and simultaneously works as an attractor for indoor and outdoor activities. The building is divided into three parts so that it can be utilized in different ways, depending on the season.

PhotographerSigurgeirSigurjónsson – The marriage between the building and the landscape

  • Project title: Snaefellsstofa, Vistitor Center
  • Place/adress: Skriduklaustur í Fljótsdal,Iceland (more…)

VillaLóla in Akureyri – Iceland by ARKÍS arkitektar

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: ARKÍS arkitektar


The design of villa Lóla was an especially enjoyable dialogue process between client and architect.

Various ideas of materials, concepts and techniques where discussed in the process. Inspirations range from Swiss mountains cabins, a sea ranch in Sonoma County in California, and Japanese solutions in spatial efficiency.  Furthermore, the framing of views was an important topic of discussion.

Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar

  • Architects: ARKÍS arkitektar
  • Project: VillaLóla
  • Location: Akureyri – Iceland
  • Year of Completion: Jan 2010
  • Size: 128 m2
  • Type: Villa


The natural surroundings of the site and the fjord of Eyjarfjördur were key factors to address.


The client requested the possibility to divide the house into three spaces, or apartments that could be enlarged or reduced as needed.

Villa Lola is 128m² of gross floor area.

Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar

Another request from the client was to use low maintenance materials and to develop an inclusive approach with regards to the site and building.

Based on these requests the design process started.



The experience of being on site played a major role in the design. The house faces Akureyri across Eyjarfjodur bay with unrestricted mountain views, to the north and south.

Villa Lola is strongly rooted in its surroundings, playing of the dignity of the landscape and the uniqueness of his appearance. The form of the building is composed of three peaks that point towards the sky, forming a valley between the roof slopes. The roof form is indicative of the landscape; mountains, valleys and a fjord surround VillaLola.

The approach to the house is from above, which gives the building unique unrestricted views of Akureyri, the largest town of northern Iceland.


Weight of Nature

It was decided to seize the natural gradations of the site where natural light and beautiful color combinations are formed at different times of the year, grass, straws, weeds and birch woods surround the house and elevate the exceptionally strong appearance of the larch surfaces. The natural landscape of the site was left undisturbed.


Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar


VillaLola is built with a frame of sustainable goal settings.

Villa Lola is clad on the exterior with Larch-wood. The larch is weathered to its nature gray-ish color, forming a natural weather protection. All loadbearing members are of wood except for one concrete wall, used for stabilizing the structure, and a concrete foundation.

Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar

Flooring is of robust wooden boards and concrete terrazzo. Inner walls are gypsum surfaced stud frame walls painted with environmentally friendly paint. All windows are of wood, clad with aluminum on the exterior.

During the construction process the plot was carefully protected and the working space around the building was minimized.

During construction, all waste was carefully sorted and appropriate materials sent to recycling.

The building is specially designed as a low maintenance structure.

Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar

Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar

Site Plan

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A Studio Apartment in Reykjavik, Iceland by Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor (designed using ArchiCad and Artlantis)

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Article source: Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor

The tiny house represents one of the elevations of the square on top of Reykjavik City center facing the famous church and the Sculpture Museum. This square is visited by each and every tourist that comes to Reykjavik. The appartment is on 2nd,floor with a wiew towards the church, the Museum, the Pearl Resturant and the Blue Mountains in distance. This spectacular setting was the reason for the investment in the appartment which was in very bad condition.

A Studio Apartment


Reykjavík University in Reykjavík, Iceland by Arkís Architects + Henning Larsen Architects

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Article source: Arkís Architects + Henning Larsen Architects
More projects by Henning Larsen Architects

Design concept:

Reykjavik University design

  • We envisage a university with a clear and independent identity, standing out as a distinctive landmark in Reykjavík.
  • We envisage a university which respects its unique location in the landscape and adds value and character to the area.
  • We envisage a university which is flexible and receptive to future changes, yet characterised at the same time by a clear, well-planned structure, with a defined centre to act as its heart and hearth.
  • We envisage a university which promotes innovation and the sharing of knowledge and which distinguishes itself on the international stage.
  • We envisage a university which embraces variety and openness, and will become a prominent factor in Reykjavík’s social and cultural life.
  • We envisage a university which lives up to its name as a UniverCity.
  • We envisage a university with the students at its heart.
  • Welcome to the new Reykjavik University.


Night View

  • Architects: Arkís Architects + Henning Larsen Architects
  • Project name: Reykjavík University
  • Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Program: University
  • Construction date: 11 Jan 2010
  • Client: Fasteign ehf
  • Collaborators: Mannvit, Verkís, Efla, Þór, Landmótun


CASA G in Iceland by Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor Designed using ArchiCad and Artlantis

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Article source: Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor

The concept of Casa G is based on reading and feedback to the landscape it exists on.  The characteristic landscape situation and view differences distinctively in each direction. Towards south the view to the sea and islands, towards north the characteristic triangular mountain, towards east the glacier and towards west the river and canyon.

Exterior View


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