Bee Breeders put on an architecture competition for designers to create an Iceland Volcano Museum to be placed near Hverfjall volcano in the Dimmuborgir region. While there were many impressive submissions, the top price went home to New Zealand-based designers Balint Iszak and Csenge Gyorgyi. The structure is a low-lying, horizontal volume burrowed four feet into the ground. This sunken floorplan allowing guests to still see unobstructed views of the volcano in the background. Its planted room features subtle references to the landscape with a series of weathered steel-clad forms that also serve as light wells for the interior. Inside, the moody space is broken up into three parts — reception, exhibition, and offices — and will act as a multifunctional destination for visitors as well as the local trekkers.
Photos: Balint Iszak and Csenge Gyorgyi