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Thermal Springs Guest House, Iceland

International Competition – Shortlisted

Located on the east coast of  Lake Myvatn, the design for the new thermal springs guest house echoes the qualities found in the raw and mystical Icelandic landscape. It blends effortlessly into the natural scenery whilst providing a memorable stay for the guests. 

The building has a sculptural appearance with a strong reading of horizontal layers in reference to the strata of rocks found throughout the island. The colour palette is inspired by the local colours ranging from different shades of black and grey to earthy red and orange tones. The building materials will be locally sourced using lava concrete for the exterior and a light birch timber for the interior.

The mass is expressed by two volumes which are linked by a stepped revegetated roofscape that responds to the program beneath and is designed to take full advantage takes advantage of vistas towards Mount Vindbelgur, Mount Hlidfjall,  the Hverfjall Volcano and the Aurora Borealis.