Due to asperity and roughness of Icelandic landscape, designing a building that would not look out of place is a particularly difficult task. Nonetheless, architects from the studio PK Arkitektar took up the challenge and succeeded. The gorgeous Árborg House near the capital of Iceland is the result of their work.
Beauty of this single-storey building lies in simplicity and modernity. The main structure is made of concrete which gives it a natural, yet slightly industrial look. Flat walls and moss-covered roofs compliment its angular, boxy shape.
The house was built on a hill high above the glacial valley of the Hvita river. As you'd expect, the landscape provides an amazing view, which inspired architects to make windows an essential part of the design. They are to be found in the continuous room that contains living and dining spaces as well kitchen and master bedroom. Large panoramic panes open up to the breathtaking scenery of the river and the distant mountains to the west of the house.
The exterior seems to influence the interior. Fair-faced concrete walls are matched with untreated teak boards on floor and ceilings. Doors and terraces are covered in the same material in the colour of the seasonal moss. Atmospheric lighting system and stylish furniture supplement the earthy character of the inside.