Our competition proposal sought to engage the mind and body, to impart a sense of the earth recreating itself below our feet.

Images

AT THE TOP OF THE FISSURE ARE THREE LAMINATED WOOD CROSSING BEAMS SPANNING THE FAULT LINE BETWEEN THE CONTINENTS

GRJÓTAGJÁ CAVES - SITE PLAN

SECTIONAL VIEW SHOWING THE WOOD BEAM CROSSING, GEOTHERMAL BATHING CAVE, HEAT ISLANDS WITH PRECAST BENCHES AND CAFE ENTRY BUILDING

SECTIONAL VIEW SHOWING THE WOOD BEAM CROSSING, GEOTHERMAL BATHING CAVE, HEAT ISLANDS WITH PRECAST BENCHES AND CAFE ENTRY BUILDING

RADIAN HEAT BENCHES INCREASE THERMAL COMFORT AND CONTROL ICE ON THE HARDSCAPE

WALKING ON TOP OF THE BEAM CROSSING, CREATES A PERSONAL POETIC EXPERIENCE

SUMMER AND WINTER COMFORT STRATEGIES

Description

Grjotagja is home to some of the most beautiful natural terrain in the world, punctuated by the remarkable geothermal pools which are nested adjacent to the tectonic fault line which defines the ever-expanding boundary between the North American and European plates.

Our proposal defines a visit as a journey, a journey of multiple destinations “linked” by modest yet powerfully poetic architectural experiences which touch the senses. Using simple amenities and interventions scaled to the individual, the

landscape is embraced by a delicate presence, complimenting this elemental natural landscape.

Visitors spend time at the site, moving comfortably up, over, across and within the landscape, allowing time to appreciate, contemplate and distill the significance and beauty of the site. Our design, while protecting the site, allows for greater accessibility, moments of comfort and social interchange.