The Red Mountain Retreat captures the mystique and mystery of the Icelandic landscape. Johanners Torpe Studios designed the proposal for a spa and wellness retreat that offers an escape from the stresses of everyday life and provides stunning views of a nearby glacier.

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The resort is located on the Western peninsula of Snæfellsness, where the river meets the sea. It faces a majestic glacier covered stratovolcano and references old Icelandic tales that celebrate the union between man and nature.

Red Mountain Retreat, Johanners Torpe Studios, eco-resort, Iceland, wellness and spa, green roofs, swimming pool, green architecture, traditional building techniques, glaciers

The design explores the interplay between nature and architecture and aims to facilitate a journey of self-discovery. This is done by exposing the guest to nature in various ways, whilst maintaining a sense of protection and basic principles of shelter.

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The spa sits at the heart of the resort and captures several natural elements to create wind tunnels, fire baths and ice pools. The outdoor lagoon looks like a natural extension of the river and features shallow passages, areas with currents, and still water pools.

Red Mountain Retreat, Johanners Torpe Studios, eco-resort, Iceland, wellness and spa, green roofs, swimming pool, green architecture, traditional building techniques, glaciers

Concrete reinterprets the rocky landscape of the surroundings, creating contrasting rough and smooth textures, as well as patterns inspired by those found in the layers of the turf houses. Green roofs references traditional building techniques and intensify the connection between the architecture and nature.

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Red Mountain Retreat, Johanners Torpe Studios, eco-resort, Iceland, wellness and spa, green roofs, swimming pool, green architecture, traditional building techniques, glaciers

Red Mountain Retreat, Johanners Torpe Studios, eco-resort, Iceland, wellness and spa, green roofs, swimming pool, green architecture, traditional building techniques, glaciers

Red Mountain Retreat, Johanners Torpe Studios, eco-resort, Iceland, wellness and spa, green roofs, swimming pool, green architecture, traditional building techniques, glaciers

Red Mountain Retreat, Johanners Torpe Studios, eco-resort, Iceland, wellness and spa, green roofs, swimming pool, green architecture, traditional building techniques, glaciers
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