This picturesque VillaLóla house by ARKIS overlooks a fjord in Eyjarfjördur, Iceland - one of the most serene places on earth. VillaLóla was inspired by Swiss mountains and Japanese architecture, although the breathtaking design was carefully conceived to complement its surrounding landscape. The building's three peaks point towards the sky to form a valley between the angles of the roof, echoing the mountains that surround the fjord.
ARKIS sought to accentuate the natural beauty of the region, which is flooded with light and color. The designers incorporated neutral color combinations that mirror the surrounding grasses and woods. They also took care not to disturb the natural surroundings and made use of local materials, which ensured that the structure would be low-cost and low-maintenance.
VillaLóla is clad with Larch wood, a locally sourced wood that is typical to the region. The larch wood is weathered to provide a natural barrier from extreme conditions. The interior surfaces are gypsum surfaced stud frame walls that are painted with eco-friendly paint.
Images courtesy of Inga Mirra Arnardottir and ARKIS