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MUNKASTEINN - Private summer house Project: 2001
Location: Þingvellir National Park, Iceland
Photographs: Rafael Pinho
Completion Year: 2003
Floor Area: 90 m²
Typology: -

Pálmar Kristmundsson

VK Engineers

MUNKASTEINN - Private summer houseProject: 2001

Pálmar Kristmundsson

VK Engineers

Location: Þingvellir National Park, Iceland
Photographs: Rafael Pinho
Completion Year: 2003
Floor Area: 90 m²
Typology: -

The Þingvellir National Park protects not only the largest lake in Iceland, Þingvallavatn, but also Almannagjá, the canyon formed by the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian plates. This is also a site of tremendous historical importance since Þingvellir is the site where the first "parliament" gathered in 930 AD and it is also the site where in 1944 the proclamation of the Republic of Iceland was declared. The Munkasteinn summerhouse sits in the middle of the UNESCO protected area, between the Lake and the Almannagjá canyon. A cluster of pine trees, keeping it out of sight from park visitors, hides the 90-square-metre wood construction. Situated on a wooden platform that hovers over the irregular landscapes and only touches the ground on a few points, Munkasteinn's interference with the nature has been kept to a minimum Although the building is located in a forest, PK Arkitektar opted for the traditional Icelandic corrugated metal cladding, which not only ties the project to local building traditions but also creates reflections from the nearby lake. 

Inside the building there is a combined kitchen and dining room area with an adjacent living room, part of which can be converted to an extra bedroom The interior spaces and the wooden deck that wraps around the house carefully offer opportunities for views of the lake from in between the trees.