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B20 / PK Arkitektar

  • 01:00 - 3 September, 2009
B20 / PK Arkitektar
B20 / PK Arkitektar, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Garðabær, Iceland
  • Architects

    PK Arkitektar ehf
  • Design Team

    pálmar kristmundsson
  • Consultants

    Tæknivangur Engineers / Lumex
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The brief required the construction of a single family house on a site within a saturated residential quarter in the outskirts of Reykjavik. The area is located on the Arnarnes peninsula of Gardabaer a town of 8,000 inhabitants some 10 km from the capital Reykjavik.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

The site is facing south to the Blikanes St. with a limited view to the sea across the presidential residence Bessastaðir.

The composition is two basic boxes layed out as to create an area of quietness within the complex. The void assimilates adjacent spaces and is generated with bare walls and a flow of indirect daylight from a 6 meters long sky window facing north. The two boxes are clusters of containers and house the living wing to the street and thr sleeping wing set to the back of the site. The atmosphere throughout the house is primarily obtained by the emptyness between the two boxes and the movements from container to container through that space. The flow of spaces is further enhanced by the continuous surfaces attained by the layering of openings contra massive heavy barriers. Frameless openings encourage views from one space to another. The entrance is a two story high space linked directly to the void connecting the two volumens. Kitchen, dining and living is a one and a half story high space with a huge corner window as the focus point capturing the view to the sea. The private wing is two story high housing the bedrooms and sanitarie spaces on the upper floor and a service and house keeper quarter on the lover one.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

An exterior terrace and solarium, sauna, hot tub and gym is facing the south and the street and thus sheltered with a 1.8 meter high concrete wall to prevent direct view from bypassers. This fortress plays further more the role of guiding the entrance path from the street to the main entrance.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

Structural system is reinforced concrete walls and slabs. Main materials are plastered exterior walls with inlays of Icelandic Líparít stone stripes (Red Ryolite) and reflective glass in aluminum construction. Roof construction is flat concrete slabs insulated on the outside and covered with gravel. Roof light construction is cladded with zinc sheets. Interior walls are plastered. Flooring is sandstone tiles in public spaces and oak parquet in private areas. Suspended ceilings are gips carton cladding with sound absorbing quality and integrated lighting. Railings are toughed single green glass panels. Fixed interior furnitures oak lined with black interior are custom made from the design of the architect. Mechanical system is floor heating and cooling.

© Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman
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Petra · September 10, 2009

The design ok. But I am keeping on wondering, seeing this kind of "beautiful buildings",
why do we always try to make this kind of perfect architecture? There is a nice phrase of Arie Grafland I found in his book "The socious of Architecture:

“The architects drawings and presentation techniques emphasize the very thing that can never be realized in society: Control over the process and the object. They actually have only one goal: that of a polished beauty.”

I believe in what he expresses!

nelcia · September 06, 2009


bjorn · September 04, 2009

so 1990, but with a hint of the 80´s..

FG · September 04, 2009

I'm also surprised that they needed cooling in Iceland...

FG · September 04, 2009

Rather Aalto-esque wooden detailing, very Nordic (as, obviously, Iceland is). It would be interesting to see what, if anything, is being built in Iceland now, as I see this was 2004.

Bobbo · September 04, 2009

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

sullka · September 04, 2009

I like it.

I do find something strange in the program and organization, like:

- there's no entry (from inside the house) to the Gym/sauna area, it's like "dettached" when it's not....specially considering that the outside entrance is on the street side. Unless that "amphitheater-stair" from the second floor terrace is the connection.

- All the "main" bedrooms in the second floor share 1 bathroom, yet it appears to be 2 full baths for 2 guest rooms in the first level.

Jeison · September 04, 2009

Cozy modern. I really admire modern design where one feels confortable.

Dustin · September 04, 2009

Love the stone detail... any chance we can get a detail of it?


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