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Esja Mountain Skýli, Iceland
Designed by Matthew Schexnyder

From: Reykjavik, Iceland
Shelter location: Iceland
Date accepted: August 18, 2009

The weather demands that Icelandic shelters or "skýli" must express the ideals of “enclosure.” This shelter focuses on the thermal envelope: a foundation of black lava stone collected on site, earth-sheltered on the uphill elevation, and black cladding to absorb the low angled Icelandic sunlight. The form relates to the Icelandic vernacular of farm buildings and mountain refuges: pitched roof, earth-sheltering, wood siding, and punched openings for operable windows.

Esja Mountain Skýli, Iceland
Esja Mountain Skýli, Iceland
Esja Mountain Skýli, Iceland
Esja Mountain Skýli, Iceland

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