Garður Landhouse | Studio Granda
This amazing Icelandic home is buried beneath the earth and is designed by Reykjavik based architects Studio Granda. This house is perfectly insulated by nature and is truly inspiring in its small form. Embedded within the hills of the Icelandic landscape, this construction was built with techniques similar to those used by their Viking ancestors.
This house may be small but the scale in this environment is virtually infinite. Substantial earthwork brings the house into the larger landscape, shelter the external spaces from inclement weather and culminate as a warm turf blanket, wrapped over the roof.
The space is simply decorated in a style that is minimalistic but comfortable. The granite flooring, with wooden walls, and the concrete ceiling gives a rural aspect to this space that is characterised by the muted tones of its interior.
This home is located on the east bank of the Ytri Rangá River, and the land around it is mostly barren due to years of ash-fall from the nearby volcano Hekla.
The Garður Landhome is part of a larger landscape project focused on bringing native greenery back to the area.
Photography by Rui Ferreira