Gallery: Stunning Icelandic Institute is an Ice-Frosted Eco Citadel

We showcase lots of beautiful green buildings here on Inhabitat, but some just blow our minds. The Icelandic Institute of Natural History designed by Icelandic firm, ARKÍS is a glittering cube of research facilities that shimmers like a glacier in the sunlight. The new research institute is clad in fritted glass that makes it appear as though it has been perpetually frosted over. It houses offices for 50 scientists, features a library and a specimen collection, and is part of a much larger master plan for the Urridaholt development, which is sweeping up awards for both architecture and sustainability.

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  1. lazyreader January 11, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Building something for lab-less Icelandic scientist’s. I thought Iceland was totally bankrupt.

  2. GeothermalHVAC January 6, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Wow! Yes that is truly incredible! Wish there were places like this closer to home to tour.

  3. homesbykaira January 5, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    You have a really interesting blog, and I love reading your posts! I am a realtor and artist in Portland, Oregon, and I will be sure to mention your site in my blog at Please stop by my site, and I will continue to follow your blog as well. Keep up the great posts!

  4. Holcim Awards January 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    This is a really beautiful design. The double facade is fantastic both aesthetically and for increased performance

    Check out the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction for other inspiring sustainable projects.
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