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Computer-generated image / Zeppelin Architects

Iceland hotel to merge with mountain landscape

Plans have been drawn up for a hotel that “took control” of an architect’s drawing board.

A hotel has been designed to blend into the landscape of Iceland’s Grundarfjörður village and fjord near famed Kirkjufell Mountain in Snæfellsnes, western Iceland, a little way north of the capital Reykjavik.

Orri Árnason, an architect who works for Zeppelin Architects, describes it as “an ode to Kirkjufell”, the Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið and Iceland Monitor report.

The owner of the land asked him to design a hotel for this unique place, and after sketching an unremarkable two-floor building that did not do much for the surroundings, he recalls that something happened.

“All of a sudden, the building took control and emerged from the landscape like a mountain or a cliff,” the architect claims.

The future property is designed to have between 60 and 100 rooms and have almost 4,000 square metres of floor space. Árnason foresees the hotel as being constructed out of wooden units and other natural materials.

The project has not yet been given the official go-ahead, however, as it is being reviewed by the planning authorities in Grundarfjörður. It has also been presented to an unnamed hotel chain and is said to have been well received.

Silage tower apartment
In related news, an old silage tower on a farm at Klettar, Gnúpverjahreppur, south-eastern Iceland, has been turned into an apartment hotel covering four circular floors.

The tower was redesigned by an architect and offers 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape.

The hotel’s owner, Ásgeir Eiríksson, also wants to provide Chinese herbal medicine practices in the tower, he tells Morgunblaðið, adding: “The energy here is very good.”

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