Iceland is well-known not only for remarkable landscapes and geysers, but also for unique architecture. Many buildings scattered across this insular country have a bold and massive appearance that reflects the coarse and unwelcoming character of the land as well as the strong affection towards nature, which is common for the North.
Icelandic architecture is based on simple and heavy structures that put function before form and waives any kind of ornamentation. The design is basically uniform and even foreign companies like Kentucky Fried Chicken must break with their standardized traditions in and take consideration on location and surroundings. Its restaurant in Keflavik by PK Arkitektar is very different from any fast-food places you've been to.
From the outside, it is a beautifully simple building that consists of three boxes. The biggest horizontal part holds the main dining room, while in two vertical boxes a drive-thru service and windows are located. The exterior is covered in matte black tiles that create an almost perfectly smooth surface, which only in some places is interrupted by narrow ribbons of windows. The west end of the building differs from the rest as it features large glass area that allows the sun fill the interior with light and offers the visitors a breathtaking view over sea.
Speaking of interior, it is as raw and sparse as the outside. Built using mostly concrete and lacking decoration, the area is filled with fine accents and textures. Brand furniture and billboards you can find in any KFC restaurant are present, but do not distract attention from the overall extraordinary, highly functional design.