Archinect - News 2017-09-25T05:57:40-04:00 A lush, photographic tour of the Icelandic Turf House Julia Ingalls 2017-07-27T14:08:00-04:00 >2017-08-04T13:46:03-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Turf House Tradition of Iceland was nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011. &ldquo;The turf house is an exceptional example of a vernacular architectural tradition, which has survived in Iceland,&rdquo; according to the nomination. &ldquo;The form and design of the turf house is an expression of the cultural values of the society and has adapted to the social and technological changes that took place through the centuries.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although living walls are still considered to be somewhat noteworthy in contemporary design, Iceland's architecture has been overgrown with the technique for hundreds of years. Along with a history of turf as a building material (and the pressures of modernism on Iceland's architecture in the 20th century)&nbsp;this National Geographic article showcases the haunting beauty of the Icelandic turf house, where the climate is pretty much rainy and picturesquely contemplative for the entire year.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Thomas Ormstom via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p><br></p> Icelandic researchers turn CO2 into stone Nicholas Korody 2016-06-14T13:06:00-04:00 >2016-06-17T23:45:37-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Scientists think they have found a smart way to constrain carbon dioxide emissions - just turn them to stone. The researchers report an experiment in Iceland where they have pumped CO2 and water underground into volcanic rock. Reactions with the minerals in the deep basalts convert the carbon dioxide to a stable, immobile chalky solid. Even more encouraging, the team writes in Science magazine, is the speed at which this process occurs: on the order of months.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It feels rare to hear good news from the climate front these days. Here's some more:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Copenhagen divests from fossil fuels</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Architect turned sea-flooding specialist keeps Panama City afloat</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The scientists trying to harness the power of waves</a></li></ul> From sundlaugs, to rockpools and The Basin Nam Henderson 2016-05-24T00:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-24T00:12:05-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>These public pools, or sundlaugs, serve as the communal heart of Iceland, sacred places whose affordability and ubiquity are viewed as a kind of civil right....The pool is Iceland&rsquo;s social space: where families meet neighbors, where newcomers first receive welcome, where rivals can&rsquo;t avoid one another.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Dan Kois considers how&nbsp;communal pools and the sociability of soaking, are "<em>a key to Icelandic well-&shy;being.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p>On a related note, Dan Hill recently published an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">essay</a>&nbsp;reflecting on&nbsp;<em>&lsquo;The Pool&rsquo;</em>, a book published as part of&nbsp;The Australian pavilion for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The interviews collected&nbsp;therein he finds, make&nbsp;a case for the pool as the authentically antipodean contribution to urbanism, a distinctly Australian public place, the country&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>piazza</em>.</p> IceCave Iceland is a city in the glacier Alexander Walter 2015-01-05T14:25:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:25:21-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>There's an interesting construction/excavation project going on over in Iceland right now: an artificial tunnel and cave complex being dug into the Langj&ouml;kull Glacier. When complete, the publicly accessible infra-glacial facility "will consist of numerous nooks and dens which will house exhibitions, information, restaurants and even a small chapel for those who would like to marry deep within an ice cap."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Team jvantspijker / Felixx wins competition for the redevelopment of Vogabyggð, Reykjavik. Jaakko van 't Spijker 2014-01-30T15:23:00-05:00 >2014-01-30T15:23:43-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Two Rotterdam based offices <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">jvantspijker </a>and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Felixx </a>will design the new redevelopment plan of an industrial seaside area in Reykjavik, Iceland. The firms have won the first prize through an invited two-stage competition. The plan consists of 110.000 square meters of mixed use program, including four hundred new dwellings.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The location is tightly embedded within a port and transshipment area, a residential area and a large nature reserve. The competition is one of the first focus areas of a large long-term masterplan set up by the municipality of Reykjavik. The overarching plan commits to redevelopment, densification and sustainability.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The firms jvantspijker (planning and architecture) and Felixx (landscape architecture) used the ambition of densification to reconnect the urban area of Reykjavik to the surrounding Icelandic landscape. "In the current situation landscape and city are related as the inverse of each other", according to the Rotterdam design team.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The renewed link between...</p> Harpa Wins 2013 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award Alexander Walter 2013-04-30T13:37:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T13:54:17-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced Harpa, the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Center in Iceland, as the winner of the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>The 'Emerging Architect Special Mention' award goes to Mar&iacute;a Langarita and V&iacute;ctor Navarro for the Nave de M&uacute;sica Matadero (Red Bull Music Academy) in Madrid, Spain.</em></p> <p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five Finalists for 2013 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award</a></p> Rafmögnuð Náttúra By Marcos Zotes Archinect 2012-04-06T14:49:00-04:00 >2012-04-07T07:33:11-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> Marcos Zotes has shared with us his winning light installation for the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival 2012.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><em>Photo by Ragnar Th Sigurdsson</em></p> <p> Marcos Zotes, winner of the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival 2012, and Chris Jordan presented Rafm&ouml;gnu&eth; N&aacute;tt&uacute;ra in Reykjavik, Iceland, as the main event for the festival in February. The work consists of a temporary, site-specific installation that appropriates the facade of Hallgr&iacute;mskirkja church with a large video-mapping projection. The aim is to transform the static condition of this iconic landmark into a dynamic, engaging and participatory visual experience, and to intervene by socially activating its surrounding public space.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>Photo by P&eacute;tur M&aacute;r Gunnarsson</em></p> <p> Marcos explains: &ldquo;I am fascinated with finding new ways to interact with the existing urban environment. I feel the city is there for us at our entire disposal, and we must reclaim its public spaces and urban structures in ways that exceed the limited uses for which they were o...</p> Harpa – review Archinect 2011-08-28T00:18:00-04:00 >2013-04-30T13:46:15-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The facade of Harpa is the work of an artist, the Icelandic-Danish Olafur Eliasson, who gets more attention and a higher billing than the hall's architects, the 52-year-old practice Henning Larsen Architects. They wear sober suits; Eliasson's leather waistcoat and silver-framed shades suggest creative leadership. His job is to provide that service that would once have been performed by Corinthian columns and statues of buxom nudes: to endow the house of culture with meaning and importance.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>