Stöðin / Krads

  • 02 Jul 2012
  • Hotels and Restaurants Selected Works
© Kristinn Magnússon

Architects: Krads
Location: Borgarnes,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 4.84 sqm
Photographs: Kristinn Magnússon

“Stöðin”, a roadside stop in the Icelandic countryside, is a conjoined restaurant, drive-through, convenience store and gas station.

© Kristinn Magnússon

Icelandic culture is in many ways shaped by American influences due to the 65-year long presence of an American army base in the country. Stöðin addresses this cultural relationship by incorporating architectural elements from the American diner that contrast the traditional Icelandic building method of in situ cast concrete. The exposed concrete of the exterior bestows the diner with a permanence unknown by its American counterparts creating a friction between its streamlined aesthetics and the rustic materiality’s gravity.

© Kristinn Magnússon

An elongated bar-desk transforms into seating arrangements and characterizes the semicircular restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the scenic fjord Borgarfjörður.

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  • JK

    Fantastic photos!! Even with such a minimal/drab building and scenery.