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Njálsgata House / Krads

  • 02:00 - 24 August, 2019
  • Curated by Paula Pintos
Njálsgata House / Krads
Njálsgata House  / Krads, © Marino Thorlacius
© Marino Thorlacius

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Kristján Eggertsson, Kristján Örn Kjartansson
  • Design Team

    Kristján Eggertsson, Kristján Örn Kjartansson, André Hundahl Esbersen
  • Area

    248.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Marino Thorlacius
© Marino Thorlacius

Text description provided by the architects. This project entails the extension and complete refurbishment and reorganisation of an early 20th century house in downtown Reykjavik, to create a contemporary, single-family home. As is typical for many Icelandic buildings from this era, the historical edifice is a timber structure clad in corrugated iron, built on top of a cellar made from roughly hewn granite.

© Marino Thorlacius
© Marino Thorlacius

Apart from renovating and reorganizing the original structure, a small in situ cast concrete addition activates all three levels of the house. It creates a spatious living room on the ground floor with access to a stepped garden designed to allow for maximum daylight in the excavated and enlarged basement. On the top floor, the extension roof doubles as a generous balcony for the master bedroom. 

© Marino Thorlacius
© Marino Thorlacius
Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan
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© Marino Thorlacius

In colourful dialogue with the client, careful attention was given to the relationship between old and new throughout the process. By giving fresh life to the aged structure it is respectfully yet playfully brought into the 21st century.

© Marino Thorlacius
© Marino Thorlacius

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Cite: "Njálsgata House / Krads" 24 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/923370/njalsgata-house-krads/> ISSN 0719-8884

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