As the winter winds begin to blow, we’d thought we say one last goodbye to the things of summer by featuring Icelandic architectural firm Glama-Kim Architects’ modern, modular, eco-friendly summerhouses situated in the Western part of Iceland, in the town of Stykkishólmur. Project architect Olafur Mathiesen led the design, which boasts spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, as well as the use of readily available materials combined with the ease of construction and simplicity of design.
Conceived as a place of refuge for a family of five that would contrast their full-time, fast-paced, city-dwelling lives, Mathiesen designed two distinct rectangular volumes, distinguishing private versus public sectors of the home by material choice – warm, earthy Western Red Cedar and gray, steely Corrugated Aluminum, respectively.
Employing Western Red Cedar as his material of choice for the main house, measuring four-by-thirteen-meters, which contains a covered entryway, open kitchen/living/dining room spaces, bathroom and exterior storage space, while the smaller side-structure, measuring four-by-eight-meters, contains the private household functions, such as the bedrooms and bathrooms, and is clad in Corrugated Aluminum. A small wooden veranda connects the two zones of the house to the south and features a sauna and hot tub.
The interior is minimally finished with birch plywood, painted gypsum board, on wooden frame and oak flooring. Heated by geothermal water wells located on the property, the house maintains a temperate climate all year long.
The larger of the two units was erected off-site and transported to the desired location (its size was actually dictated by the size of the truck bed), while the smaller unit was built in parts and assembled on-site.