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Sustainable Design at ION Hotel, Iceland

Sustainable Design at ION Hotel, Iceland | sustainable architecture |

A place where luxury and design meet sustainability and adventure, all surrounded by lava fields and glacial lakes.

Iceland is often dubbed "the land of fire and ice"— about the size of Kentucky, Iceland boasts some of the most starkly juxtaposed landscapes in the world. From black sand beaches to glacier fields to jagged peaks, the lava fields of otherworldly green moss to the countless active geysers, Iceland's landscape is stunning—and that's only the beginning. There's no better place to experience these extremes than the ION Hotel.

Consistently awarded for both its design and sustainability, the ION's (slightly) remote location an hour east of Reykjavik makes it the ideal getaway to both relax and explore the country's extremes...

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Ice House by Minarc |

Ice House by Minarc | | sustainable architecture |
The sustainable Ice House have a simple eco-consious design focuses on functionality.

Located in the beautiful a rural town of Iceland, a low-developed region committed to the preservation of its beautiful natural scenery and resources. Design elements were chosen carefully to maximize passive solar power and cross ventilation, minimizing electricity costs. Conscious effort made to use materials in their most organic form. To improve indoor air quality, no carpet or forced air systems (AC/HV) utilized.

The project reduces its impact on the natural ground by raising the structure with elevated decks and floors. Native wood siding materials are locally sourced, which allows for the project to blend in with the surrounding regional landscape. Large and expansive windows and openings are used in living area and bedrooms to provide abundant natural light, frame the beautiful landscape and enable a seamless connection with nature. Master bathroom features a pebble rock wall referencing the surrounding landscape. Exterior spaces designed for maximum indoor-outdoor living. Outdoor shower encourages a closer connection to nature and the elements. An edible garden is incorporated into the exterior design to foster sustainable living...

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Not Just For Farms: Corrugated Steel Is the Standard in Iceland For New & Old Buildings

Not Just For Farms: Corrugated Steel Is the Standard in Iceland For New & Old Buildings | sustainable architecture |
Most of Iceland's buildings appear to be clad in this basic industrial material, and it is amazing what they have done with it.

Corrugated iron and steel are the most prosaic of building materials, used in North America mostly for industrial purposes, although a few modernist architects have played with the stuff. Invented in 1828, it was used in the earliest prefabs, shipped from Britain around the world, but fell out of fashion as local building industries developed.

In Iceland, corrugated galvanized iron arrived in the 1860s; architect Pall Bjarnason says that it is a wonderful material for such a harsh climate, and that with very little maintenance it can last forever...

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Design Bureau » Pre-Fabulous

Design Bureau » Pre-Fabulous | sustainable architecture |

Iceland is a country filled with lush landscapes, volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, waterfalls. But being an island nation means resources are scarce, something native Icelanders Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson are cognizant of in their architecture practice. “We want our work to represent how we choose to live in this world: maximize materials, minimize waste,” Thorsteinsson says. “We find value in unique materials and find ways to use, reuse and re-reuse.”

With their Santa Monica-based firm, Minarc, the husband-and-wife team has taken this idea of minimizing waste as a statement of purpose. By drawing inspiration from the beauty of its homeland, the firm has made a name for itself by exposing clients to their culture of efficiency. “Everything around us is manufactured, from your pen to your car,” Thorsteinsson says. “Nevertheless, homes are still built the traditional way. It does not make sense. Manufacturing homes is long overdue. The future is in the prefabricated homes.”

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