A Harmonious Oasis: Exploring Nature’s Contrasts in Iceland’s Northern Desert
Welcome to a mesmerizing corner of Iceland’s northern desert, where the scorched earth of Hverfjall crater serves as a poignant reminder of a volcanic eruption that occurred over 2,500 years ago. The starkly beautiful landscape is adorned with unusually shaped rocks, bearing witness to the immense power and energy of primordial forces. Amidst this rugged terrain, a unique building emerges, offering a tranquil haven amidst the grey hills.
A Serene Encounter: The Greenhouses of Culinary Delights
As you approach the building, its glass exterior reflects the slow-moving clouds, creating an ethereal atmosphere where time seems to stand still. However, upon entering, a vibrant oasis awaits within the orangery—lush greenery adorning the restaurant’s greenhouses, perfectly harmonizing with the surrounding desert. Here, you can witness the organic cultivation of the very fruits and vegetables that will later grace your plate, ensuring a farm-to-table experience like no other. The restaurant hall itself exudes a calm and cozy ambiance, providing the perfect setting for intimate family dinners or solitary moments of reflection over a cup of coffee and a delectable breakfast.
A Frozen Symphony: The Architectural Marvel
Nestled among the grey hills, the restaurant stands as a spring of life in the heart of Hverfjall. Its unique design concept presents an interactive pathway that guides visitors from the parking area to the pinnacle of the artificial hill, immersing them in the enchanting greenhouses, and finally leading them to the minimalist restaurant boasting a breathtaking panoramic view. The building beckons guests to wander through the greenhouses, inviting them to experience the power of the lush and fruitful oasis. Engaging activities and master classes are also held within this verdant sanctuary, offering opportunities to connect with nature on a deeper level. Inside the restaurant, the interior design takes a back seat, allowing the captivating view to take center stage, captivating all who dine there.
Who: Interior architechture & design by Ohra Studio
Category: competition project
Project area: 1.915 m2
For whom: private client
An Unforgettable Encounter: Nature and Cuisine Unite
The restaurant within Iceland’s northern desert promises a remarkable experience, where contrasting elements coalesce in perfect harmony. The arid landscapes and the vibrant greenhouses merge to create an unforgettable oasis of culinary delights. Each dish showcases the organic produce grown on-site, infusing every bite with the essence of the surrounding desert. Whether you find yourself sharing precious moments with loved ones at a family dinner or indulging in a solitary dining experience, the restaurant’s panoramic view of the volcano ensures an ambiance of serenity and awe.
Allow yourself to be captivated by the frozen symphony of Iceland’s northern desert, where the building and its greenhouses offer a gateway to the wonders of nature. The restaurant invites you to bask in the power of greenery, savor organic cuisine, and immerse yourself in a world where time stands still.