This green-roofed building blends perfectly into the emerald green landscape of Iceland. PK Arkitektar designed the beautiful vacation cottage for a competition back in 2012, which called for proposals for 20 cabins to be located in the South West of Iceland. The architects used leftover soil from the excavation to form a wind-protecting wall that covers the cottage, making it disappear into the site. And then they added a pile of other amazing green features.
The cabin design is based on a simple plan which saves on the circulation space and minimizes complex detailing. This attitude allowed the architects to also minimize maintenance costs and increase material quality. The wooden construction rests on a concrete base and is clad with burnt hardwood paneling using an old Japanese technique to make the wood more durable.
A layer of soil and grass covers the house, blending it into the slope-an old Icelandic practice meant to mitigate harsh weather conditions. The interior features a polished concrete floor and walls and ceilings clad in wooden panels referencing the rhythm of the exterior hardwood paneling. The center of the house is dominated by the living room and dining area, with an adjoining kitchen.
Geothermal hydro-energy warms the house using sources drilled inside the site boundary. These environmentally conscious techniques all contribute to the energy efficiency of the cabin, which has minimal impact on the site and achieves zero carbon footprint.
Photos by Rafael Pinho