A wooden construction on a concrete slab, the rural cottage is clad with burnt hardwood panelling on the outside, utilizing a method well-known in Japan, among other countries, to enhance the durability of the wood.
PKdM Arkitektar is a Nordic architecture and design studio. Its founder, Icelandic architect Palmar Kristmundsson, draws his inspiration from Iceland’s stunning natural landscape and from his encounters with vernacular Japanese architecture. The partner, Fernando de Mendonça brings a dynamic international perspective from large scale architectural projects in South America and Europe.
This concrete vacation house is located on the banks of the river Hvítá, a two-hour drive east from Reykjavik. The site is a moss-covered hilly area with views over a quiet bend in the glacial river in the spring; the river floats icebergs from the glacier through the nearby bend in the river, toward the sea some 100 kilometers away.