Project: Residential Extension in Reykjavik
Architects: Trípólí Architects
Interior Design: Rut Kára
Team: AGLA, JDÁ
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Year of Construction: 2019
Gross Construction Area (m2): 255
Number of Floors: 1
Photo Credits: Studio CAPN
The clients approached Trípólí with a view to building a small extension on a plot of land originally intended for a garage. The extension would incorporate two bedrooms, a bathroom and a new and inviting entryway to their modest modernist masterpiece.
The original house was designed in 1952 by the first Icelandic modernist architect, Gunnlaugur Halldórsson, and construction was completed in 1955. The house featured among other properties in the 1959 publication Íslenzk Íbúðarhús , where it was depicted in iconic pictures by photographer Andrés Kolbeinsson.
The Trípólí project entailed a complete renovation and expansion of this single-family home. The facades were restored to their original state, with the sole addition of a single white sloping dividing wall between the garden terrace and the driveway. The interior was updated to meet the needs and wishes of the new inhabitants by interior architect Rut Kára.
Our strategy was to ensure that the extension did not overwhelm the original structure, and so we chose a black exterior in order to accentuate the white architecture of the existing building.