Sumarhús við Hvítá / Summerhouse

Sumarhús við Hvítá
Ljósmyndir: © Nanne Springer

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Summerhouse by Hvítá
Completed: 2023
Photographs: © Nanne Springer

The owners of this summer house in the west of Iceland own a small lodge on an adjacent site. They wanted to build a bigger house as to accommodate the entire family, and to enhance the qualities of the site by making the most of the amazing coastline where the sea surface rises and falls dramatically. Set in a slope facing dramatic views towards the south and overlooking the firth the house consists of two monopitch volumes connected with flatroofed volumes, all with turf on roofs. The house is 190 sq. meters including the free standing garage.

The volumes are laid as to make the most of the views with wall openings set as to frame the views from the site. A distinct dormer enhances and frames a dramatic view from the upper deck, and a roof terrace creates a sheltered deck with dramatic views. The structure is a timber frame clad with redwood cedar left to gradually develop a grey patina. The design of the house allows a close interaction with the surrounding nature and the beautiful scenery. It provides a feeling of being outdoor when inside.

The arrangement of the buildings´ internal and external spaces is a direct response to the setting, and designed to optimise views, sun and shelter.