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B25 - Private residence Project: 2005
Location: Garðabær, Iceland
Photographs: Rafael Pinho
Completion Year: 2010
Floor Area: 457 m²
Typology: -

Pálmar Kristmundsson, Fernando de Mendonca, Anja Schröter and Andrew Burgess

Consultants: Conís Verkfræðiráðgjöf and Verkhönnun

B25 - Private residenceProject: 2005

Pálmar Kristmundsson, Fernando de Mendonca, Anja Schröter and Andrew Burgess

Consultants: Conís Verkfræðiráðgjöf and Verkhönnun

Location: Garðabær, Iceland
Photographs: Rafael Pinho
Completion Year: 2010
Floor Area: 457 m²
Typology: -

This private residence is located in a compact suburban neighbourhood, and the plot slopes down from street level towards its southwest corner The house was conceived to be viewed from the street as a singular solid mass, and its entrance is hidden from the street By contrast, the rear aspect, with private outdoor areas, has a sense of openness and permeability.

The monolithic mass conceals a recess, which hides the front door. The front volume is lightened by an incision, which represents the interior boundary between private and public areas. A light well behind the front facade permits daylight into both floors in the northeast part of the house. The sloping plot allows for the basement to be hidden and provides magnificent views of the surrounding nature of the Álftanes peninsula. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Liparit [red rhyolite] is employed here as cladding on the recessed surfaces of the otherwise white monolith. The front yard is a minimal desert of gravel and stone, greenery being restricted to a patch at the rear where a single tree stands In stark contrast with the green walls and lush gardens common to Arnarnes, the arid treatment of the front yard applied here is more in line with the country's nature and landscapes.