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Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center / ARKÍS architects

  • 01:00 - 6 December, 2010
Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center / ARKÍS architects
Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center / ARKÍS architects, © Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson
© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson

© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson © Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson © Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson © Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson +19

From the architect. Snæfellsstofa Visitor Center communicates the dignity of the surrounding nature and is closely connected to its immediate surroundings. It attracts visitors to its unique appearance and simultaneously works as an attractor for indoor and outdoor activities. The building is divided into three parts so that it can be utilized in different ways, depending on the season.

© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson
© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson

The visitor center is placed on the site at the location of a pronounced change in elevation, so that the building gently glides over the terrain. The location is selected to ensure shelter from winds, ample daylight and mountain views.

© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson
© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson

The building form is inspired by the eternal creative force of the glacier; how it breaks its way through terrains or retreats and carves new, ever changing natural wonders into the landscape. These creations provide models for the spaces and forms found in the building.

© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson
© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson

Material palettes are largely composed of local materials. Local larch, turf roof and landscaping walls of local rock. The nearby forest will become apparent in the building’s texture.

© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson
© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson

The Building

In plan, the building is X shaped. The building’s main axis, the exhibitions- and education axis rises up to both sides and creates a framework for an exhibition space and a library. The exhibition- and education axis rises up from the Rock Foundation as a living and ever changing glacier. The Rock Foundation or the service axis crosses the exhibition axis and houses a café and restrooms in addition to staff facilities.

© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson
© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson

Through the two axes lies the information path, ending in an outdoor amphitheater.

© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson
© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center / ARKÍS architects" 06 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/93050/snaefellsstofa-visitor-center-arkis-architects/>
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I, Architect. · July 06, 2012

#iaflash Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center Iceland http://t.co/kZTD9FXV #architecture #Ilike http://t.co/bH9pa1Ea

Lise Vabø · July 06, 2012

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Graham Cowen · October 26, 2011

Strong geometric forms characterize the Snaefellsstofa Centre in Iceland. http://t.co/FflM4i3l @plethoraapp

Hotel Hafnarfjordur · September 15, 2011

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Iceland is Hot · September 15, 2011

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Sara Blask · September 15, 2011

Beautiful visitor&#39s center in Vatnajokull National Park designed by Reykjavik-based Arkis Arkitektar http://t.co/wd144Px #Iceland

Manuel Bernal H. · December 22, 2010

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Gabe Ruane · December 22, 2010

Stern looking, kind of bunker-lIke. But I love it. #architecture http://is.gd/j2F9i @plethoraapp

pinar k · December 14, 2010

günayd?n archdaily... sen de olmasan ne olacak bu benim sefil mimar hallerim! http://t.co/ppLPjJv

teteto. · December 14, 2010

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Tha · December 14, 2010
Nils Mattisson · December 14, 2010

Lots of good architecture out of Iceland lately. http://www.archdaily.com/93050...

Paulius · December 14, 2010

Best regards, from Lithuania;)

Nicholas Patten · December 11, 2010

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Holcim Awards · December 07, 2010

Nice design. Simple forms arranged in great composition.

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new · December 06, 2010

Great project and excellent use of material. However, could somebody explain the butcher block detail.

up_today_arch · December 06, 2010

Very strong image... easy and impressive look...

Ronia · December 06, 2010 06:40 PM

I absolutly agree - go, Iceland, go! :)

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