The project core idea is based in Iceland’s geological uniqueness – Iceland lies on the divergent boundary between the Eurasian plate and the North American plate. The walls are a metaphor of the place where the these two tectonic plates meet to create a rich geographical and natural environment. The project aim is to transmit people ideas about Iceland origins and the very special location where they are.
The two walls form the structural basis of the project, a flexible structure where architecture can grow in its own way according specific conditions. This system allows multiple locations, leaving just minimal impact in the earth. The two walls will become a visual icon of Iceland’s landscape, a recognisable element and a footing for a tourists and hikers. It’s simplicity reacts with the rich context and their lineal condition enhances the path and the direction of the trek. Besides their portrayal role, they act also as a source of natural energy and as a structural elements for the cabin modules.
The type of installation represents an interesting form of support for trekking and mountaineering activities with a much lower environmental impact than the traditional mountain shelters. The modules are totally built off-site, suitable for transport by helicopter and easily installed assembled on location requiring a limited number of operations. The project is built with a limited number of elements and materials, ensuring its economical viability and ease of manufacturing.
The building materiality consist in an exterior finishing of aluminum cladding and light plywood interiors, that contrast with the natural surroundings and create subtle reflections in order to integrate the new construction with its surrounding context.
The cabin works as self sufficient building. The energy is gained from geothermal drills and has two main usages: 1. Heating the utility water and the interior spaces, and 2. Through power of steam gained from thermal heat is generated electricity to run necessary equipments inside the cabin and to charge personal devices. With an extensive offer of geothermal resources in Iceland, this solution for generating sustainable energy,has a great advantage over unpredictable wind power or low solar radiation during the year.
The interior is designed to be flexible space that could adapt to different occupancy levels, and diverse activities. The balance between a minimum survival unit and more cozy liveable space determines the quality of this cabin proposal. It is our idea to offer a fully customizable space., for example, adaptable interior solutions – sliding walls, curtains- will organize the cabin space into several small rooms or one big space – depending on the occupancy and the type of the visitors. Proposed scenario counts with occupancy of 10 persons. The cabin is composed by 7 modules, that are attached to each other and create a linear space focusing on functionality and efficient usage of space.