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Architects Complete Blue Lagoon Hotel

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Iceland-based architecture firm Basalt Architects recently completed a 62-suite hotel at the Blue Lagoon resort, which is located within the UNESCO Global Geopark, home to a series of pools filled with geothermal water that is reputed for helping skin conditions.

The original Blue Lagoon spa and Silica hotel was designed by Basalt Architects founding partner Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir. Sigurður Þorsteinsson and Design Group Italia collaborated with Basalt Architects for this most recent update.

Blue Lagoon Hotel

After the original spa, a restaurant was added over the years and construction began on The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland in 2014. The new hotel facilitates founder Grímur Sæmundsen's vision for the property as a place of health and wellbeing.

Jáverk served as the general contractor on the project.

The design, which factored in natural features as well as adapting to the layout of nearby volcanic cracks and fissures, was specifically executed in such a way that it could adapt to unexpected discoveries during excavation. The bare lava itself forms the walls inside and outside and covers the roofs, according to the architects.

Raw concrete, wood and lava from the site were all used in the material palette to keep the structure harmonious with the surrounding environment.

Dark grey, custom-made facades and screens feature a perforated pattern reminiscent of surface of the igneous rock. Each of the suites, designed with minimalist taste in mind, have floor-to-ceiling windows. Lava is also used for various objects in the interior, to provide the structure with aesthetic context to its surroundings. One of these pieces is the chef’s table in the Moss Restaurant.

The restaurant’s wine cellar is enclosed by walls of exposed rock illuminated from below, with overhead pendant lights adding to the ambience.

“Two wings come together in the hotel lobby, which connects to the new [spa] and the existing Blue Lagoon buildings,” the architects write on their website. “The surrounding environment is held in high regard and great emphasis is placed on the balance between buildings and nature.”


Tagged categories: Architecture; Construction; Design build; Hotels

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