“Stöðin”, a roadside stop in the Icelandic countryside, is a conjoined restaurant, drive-through, convenience store and gas station. Icelandic culture is in many ways shaped by American influences due to the 65-year long presence of an American army base in the country. 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 materiality’s gravity. An elongated bar-desk transforms into seating arrangements and characterizes the semicircular restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the scenic fjord Borgarfjörður.
Location: Borgarnes, Iceland
My Role: Architects
Additional Credits: Client: Skeljungur, the Icelandic branch of Shell.
Collaborators: Aok-design (on interior), Ferill (engineering, structural/HVAC), Mannvit (electrical engineering).
Photography: Kristinn Magnússon // www.kmphoto.is