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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.

Churchyard offices and Staff Housing in Gufunes, Iceland by Arkibúllan architects

 
January 19th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Arkibúllan architects

The building for the Churchyard Offices and Staff Housing in Gufunes Cemetary is  the first building of several in Reykjavik’s main cemetry complex. The phases yet to  come include a church, chapel and a crematorium.

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

  • Architects: Arkibúllan architects (Holmfridur Osmann Jonsdottir and Hrefna Bjorg Thorsteinsdottir)
  • Project: Churchyard offices and Staff Housing
  • Location: Gufunes, Iceland
  • Photography: Audur Thorhallsdottir
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • BERGHALL artists: Anna Hallin and Olga Bergmann

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

This two-storey building is situated on a basaltic hill south of the cemetary  grounds. The project approch is based on the site’s premises, working in different  scales, looking at the space between the stones with the aim of translating it to  architectural spaces. The upper floor includes a reception and offices, while the  lower floor contains technical and working areas.

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

The artwork in the building is based on ideas born in a dialogue between the  artists Berghall and Arkibullan architects. The wall piece “Traces”, made of cast  concrete elements that create a pattern on the long curved wall in the conference  room, is based on the placement of the largest basaltic rock on the site before  development started. Color sets in office spaces and hallway use colors picked  from the nature around the site. In the stairway hall is a permanent wall  assemblage consisting of Diasec mounted black and white prints made from  historic photographs of funerals in Iceland.

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

The building defines the entrance to the whole area, standing as the eastern wall of  the structures that are yet to come. The structure constitutes of two masses. White  concrete walls in contrast to walls made of local basaltic stone sets its mark on the  building’s appearances.

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

Image Courtesy © Audur Thorhallsdottir

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Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

Image Courtesy © Arkibúllan architects

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