A Polish architectural practice Moomoo Architects have completed this single-storey minimalist house located in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. Uniformly white, the detached development features two fully-glazed walls and a terrace wall ‘which was pulled from the house and bended in a way that it looks like it came out from the landscape.’ The architects have designed and ‘exhibited’ this pure white modernist residence against the pure white snow.
This impressive poetic setting makes references to the fact that Reykjavík is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland. ‘The project of the house should fit within the border lines of the local master plan which was established for the chosen plot.
Consequently the exterior building dimensions including terraces and roofing are 15,5m x 17m which is the maximum area that can be achieved in the plot. The main idea of the project is terrace wall which was pulled from the house and bended in a way that it looks like it came out from the landscape.
‘The glazings on the both sides of the house are sliding, so during the warmer season they can be folded, so the terrace makes the continuation of the area of the house. This manipulation of the shape of the house blur the border between the house and the surrounding area. While the exterior is plain white, the interior has an accents of birch wood. The plan divides the house into 4 main zones – garage area, master bedroom area, children area and living area.’