Ice House by Minarc

Ice House by Minarc

Architects: Minarc
Photography: Torfi Agnarsson
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Minarc‘s objective with the Ice House residence was to create a serene family sanctuary that harmoniously connects inhabitants with the surrounding natural environment, while combining the best sustainable, eco- friendly materials and energy efficient technologies with minimalist architectural design.

Simple eco-conscious design focuses on functionality and creates a healthy living environment for the family. The house is located in the beautiful a rural town of Iceland, a low developed region committed to the preservation of its beautiful natural scenery and resources.

The eco-friendliness of the residence can be appreciated due to:

  • 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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