Iceland – Stunning architecture in epic nature | Sustainable interior design


Inspired by local traditional houses, this
house in the Westfjords of Iceland belongs to Peter Weiss – originally from Bavaria in
South Germany. „Góðan daginn. Welcome. Come in.“ Peter Weiss has been living in Iceland for
over 30 years. He and his partner Angela have been in this
house since 2012. Their aim was to create a home that blended
in with nature and looked as natural as possible. The interiorwalls are painted with matt chalk-paint. The view can be enjoyed from every corner
of the house. Look at this fantastic view. The house is basically built around the view. The house faces southwest. The big windows capture the sun’s rays and
fill the living space with light – the office, living room and dining room. That’s the south. So that means we get sun flooding the valley
even in winter. Lots of parts of Iceland, especially in the
Westfjords, don’t see any sun for two months. But it’s sunny here until the 11th of December,
and the sun comes back on the first of January. But between those two days the sun’s only
there for 30 seconds. Winters in Iceland are not only dark; they
can also be harsh with strong winds and heavy snow.   These are photographs of the house completely
snowed under, including the top windows. I had to climb up two metres from the ground
to dig them out, to let light in. Given the often inhospitable climate, the
house is built out of weather-resistant material. It is completely made out of concrete, covered
with larch and aluminum and has a blanket of grass on the roof. The living space covers 150 square meters
in total and is divided into two parts, separated by the entrance. This is the coldest room in the house in winter
and the warmest in summer. You can make the most of the heat generated
here in summer by letting it into the rest of the house – and if you shut the door, you
can make sure it doesn’t escape and make the house too hot. The part of the house facing the rising sun
is where the bedrooms are. Made of recycled old wood, the bed is another
nod to nature. Every room looks out onto the view and also
leads into it: The house has a typical Icelandic look – it’s
any Icelandic schoolkid’s idea of what a local farmhouse would look like. But in fact the way you can go in and out
is actually more Mediterranean. Blurring the borders between inside and out,
sophistication and wilderness, Peter’s house is in perfect harmony with nature – just as
a traditional Icelandic farmhouse would have been. I see it as a privilege, being allowed to
build a house here, getting planning permisison…so I feel that I would like to give something
back to others, people driving by, so I designed the house to fit into its surroundings. A cosy home in a very uncosy spot – between
the steep mountains of Iceland’s West fjords on the North West tip of Europe.

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