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The Red Mountain Resort in Iceland by Johannes Torpe Studios

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Article source: Johannes Torpe Studios 

Captured by the mystique and mystery of the Icelandic landscape, where, according to local mythology, ‘invisible people’ and ‘half-men, half-trolls’ are believed to roam, Johannes Torpe Studios has designed a place of unparalleled harmony. The Red Mountain Resort is a proposal for a spa and wellness retreat that offers guests a sensory escape into the solitude and seclusion of the breath-taking Icelandic nature; a place that is earthly and otherworldly at the same time.

Image Courtesy © Johannes Torpe Studios

  • Architects: Johannes Torpe Studios
  • Project: The Red Mountain Resort
  • Location: Iceland
  • Client: Festir Ehf.
  • Creative Direction: Johannes Torpe
  • Project Leader: Kit Sand Ottsen
  • Design Team: Rachel Jayne Mackay, Suguru Kobayashi, Edit Fodor Kjær, Nina Stephanie Jarulf, Beatrice Dinoia, Fabio Bellini, Bozena Patrycja Kunka, Manuel Ateca
  • Size

    • Hotel: 4650m2 (including 50 hotel rooms, total: 2400m2)
    • Restaurant: 350m2
    • Spa experience: 800m2
    • Geothermal Lagoon: 1400m2
    • Landscape: 140000m2

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Expansion at Iceland’s, Keflavik International Airport by SEFAR® Architecture

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Article source: SEFAR® Architecture

SEFAR® VISION fabric, laminated into the exterior glass façade of a new terminal at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland, adds a striking and sustainable element to the country’s growing transportation hub.

In 2016, the airport saw nearly seven million passengers, almost double what it saw in 2014. As a result, a new 4,700-square-meter terminal was built to service additional passengers to and from aircraft.

Image Courtesy © SEFAR® Architecture

  • Architects: SEFAR® Architecture
  • Project: Expansion at Iceland’s, Keflavik International Airport
  • Location: Iceland, Keflavik

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

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

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

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Hofsos swimming pool in Iceland by BASALT Arkitektar

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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

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Entrance in Iceland, Ísland by Theresa Himmer

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Article source: Theresa Himmer

Working with the National Gallery of Iceland as both physical structure and institution, the project investigates classification and flow in light of the seemingly fantastical. Through the creation a new temporary entrance – a liminal zone – the fauna of Iceland is invited into the museum, human and non-human animals alike.

Image Courtesy © Kristinn Magnusson

Image Courtesy © Kristinn Magnusson

  • Architects: Theresa Himmer
  • Project: Entrance
  • Location: Iceland, Ísland
  • Photography: Kristinn Magnusson

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Nordic Built Challenge in Höfdabakki 9, Iceland by Jvantspijker

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Article source: Jvantspijker

The Nordic Built Challenge proposal consists of three distinct parts: site, building exterior and building interior. The proposal improves the quality and legibility of the site by emphasizing the connecting backbone of the site as a pedestrian friendly boulevard. The overall site green is enhanced, new canopies and zebra crossings improve the experience of the site for pedestrians in the harsh Icelandic weather.

Image courtesy Jvantspijker 

  • Architects: Jvantspijker
  • Project: Nordic Built Challenge
  • Location: Höfdabakki 9, Iceland
  • Team: Jaakko van ’t Spijker, Paul van den Bergh
  • Type: International design competition
  • Client: Nordic Innovation organization, Reitir Real-estate
  • Program/Size: 7000m2
  • Status: Settled
  • Software used: Sketchup, Adobe CS and AutoCAD

Holmsheidi Prison in Reykjavik, Iceland by ARKÍS Architects

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: ARKÍS Architects

The design of the prison is based on three key elements. First, is a main guard station as a central cylindrical form washed by daylight from a surrounding skylight. The skylight and guard station rise up from the building as a smooth cone, contrasting the buildings sharp edges. The second set of elements is internal courtyards forming the heart of each cell block. The courtyards let daylight into the cell blocks, allowing the possibility to spend time outdoors and in some cases; prisoners enjoy views into the courtyards.

Exterior : Image courtesy ARKÍS Architects 

  • Architects: ARKÍS Architects
  • Project: Holmsheidi Prison
  • Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Center in Iceland by Henning Larsen Architects

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects

Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre gathers inspiration from the northern lights and the dramatic Icelandic scenery.

Situated on the border between land and sea, the Concert Hall stands out as a large, radiant sculpture reflecting both sky and harbour space as well as the vibrant life of the city. The spectacular facades have been designed in close collaboration between Henning Larsen Architects, the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and the engineering companies Rambøll and ArtEngineering GmbH from Germany.

Image courtesy Henning Larsen Architects

  • Architects: Henning Larsen Architects and Batteriid Architects
  • Project: Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Center
  • Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Client: Austurnhofn TR – East Harbour Project Ltd.
  • Gross floor area: 28,000 m2
  • Year of construction: 2007 – 2011
  • Type of assignment: First prize in international PPP competition, 2005
  • Landscape architects: Landslag efh and Lisbeth Westergaard
  • Façade design and development: Olafur Eliasson and Studio Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects
  • Owner and operator: Harpa, Portus Group, AGO (operator of Harpa), Totus (owner of Harpa)
  • Engineers: Artec Consultants, Mannvit Engineers, Hnit Consulting Engineers, Efla Engineers, ArtEngineering, and Ramboll
  • Contractor: IAV
  • Design Manager: IAV

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Villa Lóla in Akureyri, Iceland by ARKÍS arkitektar

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Article source: ARKÍS arkitektar

The design of villa Lóla was an especially enjoyable dialogueprocess 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. The natural surroundings of the site and the fjord of Eyjarfjördurwere key factors to address.

Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar

  • Architects: ARKÍS arkitektar
  • Project: Villa Lóla
  • Location: Vaðalaheiði, Akureyri – Iceland 
  • Finished: Jan 2010 
  • Size: 128 m2 
  • Function: Villa 
  • Owner : Privat

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
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