The building lies at the foot of the impressive hverfjall like its branch, functioning as its entry while being in keeping with the landscape. Imbedded in the ground, thus slightly visible from far, the building acts as a connecting element between the entry area and the hiking path towards the volcano. The position of the design was carefully chosen and makes use of the natural terrain’s gradient. Not yet knowing what to expect, visitors are guided by a pathway through the parking area towards the building.
In front of the building, the exterior shell, which reveals geometric and rather sharp components, turns out to form a spiral. The construction produces small panels on the floor that mark the walkingpaths, leading either up towards the volcano or underground. This circular concept reminds of the volcano’s almost symmetrical shape. Trekkers may use the wooden roof structure as a bridge, only passing through on their hiking path or find shelter in the underground. The architecture’s glass façade not only allows views into the surrounding landscape but also slightly reflects its environment from outside.
The building merges its rough habitat while sheltering a warm and welcoming interior, like the protective shell of a beltisdýr, icelandic for armadillo.
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