Skýli | Utopia Architects
Iceland is world-renowned for its stunning scenery, and has quickly become a must-visit destination for travellers around the world. These spectacular hiking cottages, which have been designed by Utopia Architects, will provide visitors that are hiking in the Icelandic wilderness with an incredible spot for an overnight stay. 'Skýli' is a state-of-the-art transportable shelter, designed to allow the cottage to be transported and moved within remote locations along Iceland's most popular hiking trails. The word Skýli means 'good protection' in Icelandic, and these cottages offer a safe and comfortable environment to shelter from Iceland's harsh weather conditions. The beautiful design also incorporates a number of features that will allow visitors a true appreciation of the splendour of the surrounding landscape.
The hiking cabin combines four pointed pyramid-shaped peaks into a strong, sustainable and stable structure that becomes well visible in the harsh landscape. The triangular gables provide a parallel to the classic tent, the classic protection for hikers for centuries. The same shape is also found in the roofs of traditional Icelandic houses and cottages.
The large windows create transparency and opens the cottage to the spectacular Icelandic landscape. It allows in plenty of light, while modern glazing ensures that the cabin stays warm!
The shape of the cottage makes it visible in the landscape in all weathers, and becomes a strong and clear symbol of protection and security.
The design combines an inner and outer shell, creating a protected room between. The inner shell, interior, furniture and fittings are made of CLT (cross laminated wood), chosen for its durability, insulating properties and cost-effectiveness. The outer shell, mounted on a lightweight frame, is made of painted steel sheet - a material that is proved to withstand Iceland's hard and changing climate.
The material is chosen for its durability and limited thermal expansion, which ensures a limited mobility in the plate even with very large variations in temperature between summer and winter.
We cannot wait to see when these wonderfully creative and practical cabins will be built in Iceland!
Photo courtesy by Utopia Architects