These are images of Villa Lola designed by Arkis Arkitektar. It’s built near Akureyri, not too far from the cultural center we talked about the other day. The weird thing is that even though we can mostly find images of the exterior of the project (which is how most of the public will experience the building) the folks that own the house will spend most of their time indoors, enjoying it’s private spaces privately. Partly, this is a problem of presentation and likely true for most projects you can read about on the internet, but it may be especially true in Iceland where long and dark Winters keep most folks indoors.
So it must be an optimistic move that the owners and architects have invested the time and energy to make a house so lovely from the outside, they even have patio furniture. And the exterior is finished entirely in wood: larch wood, and even the roof is clad in wood as it see-saws north and south, looking vaguely like a sea ranch from California. Other than that, the only similarity this project may have to California is a beautiful surrounding. Even if Iceland doesn’t enjoy the year-round sunshine that California does, the folks there can enjoy the fleeting warmth and long days of Summer. Even in the Winter, they can relax inside a lovely home with a hot drink and a sunny disposition.