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Hof Residence / Studio Granda

  • 01:00 - 4 February, 2009
Hof Residence / Studio Granda
Hof Residence / Studio Granda

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Malmeyjarfjordhur, Iceland
  • Architects

    Studio Granda
  • Structure & Environmental Engineers

  • Electrical Services

  • Contractor

    Trésmiðjan Borg
  • Client

    Lilja Pálmadóttir & Baltasar Kormákur Baltasarsson
  • Area

    294.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. Hof is a country residence in the Skagafjörður fjord, less than 100km from the Arctic Circle. The spectacle of the location, its remoteness and special program fuelled a unique rapport between the client, contractor and architect resulting in a building that is in every respect a direct consequence of that collaboration.

The existing assemblage of buildings on the estate included a house, church, barn and cowshed clustered on a riverbank. Further inland are recently constructed horse stables. The wide fjörd has a mountainous rim punctuated with long valleys embracing the cliff islands of Drangey, Málmey and the graphic foreland Þórðarhöfði. The new residence is slightly removed from the old cluster on raised ground, with each room and space orientated to capture this magnificent panorama.

Externally the house rises from the tufted site as a series of sheer cedar and concrete walls that will weather according to the vagaries of the elements. The displaced grass of the field is reinstated on the roof and the surrounding meadow is cut and folded in earthworks of turf and stone that open ways to the entrance and terraces. Hexagonal basalt pillars were excavated from the site during the preparations for the foundations and the external surfaces are paved in this material. Internally the same stone is used throughout the living and circulation areas. Telegraph poles salvaged from the site were used as a sun/privacy screen to south-facing windows.

Most internal walls are of raw or painted concrete and the ceilings, doors and other carpentry are predominately of oiled sawn oak with steel details; a rustic palette offset by smooth painted planes. In a gesture of refinement and escape the kitchen and bathrooms enjoy marble surfaces suggestive of more habitable latitudes whereas the larder's glazed white tiles and basalt shelves reminds of the need to stash food for harsh winters.

The house is highly insulated and thermally stable due to the massive concrete walls, stone floors and balanced fenestration. Geothermal water is used for the floor heating and radiators as well as for all domestic use. Electricity use is minimised by design and the little that is required is sourced from hydroelectric and geothermal sources.

Although dramatic views fill the interior the ambience is augmented by a secondary system of clearstory lights and other roof penetrations that orchestrate daylight throughout the house. The exception is the dogleg route between the living and bedroom wings where lighting is reduced to a few pinpricks.

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shiftA · July 21, 2010

Just Superb!

habib · September 16, 2009

where is the entrance of this building? is it from the south side ?

dave schiliro · February 12, 2009

great architecture

Vladimir Konovalov · February 05, 2009

I like the voronoi pattern on the floor, looks great.

Hamster · February 05, 2009

Beautifull contrast of materials....and the constructive sistem looks also very original.

ricardo de oliveira · February 04, 2009 Hof Residence / Studio Granda #architecture


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