Steinunn Arnardóttir

New identity based on old roots - Transformation of a freezing house in Iceland

Graduation February 2018

The tourism industry has left its marks on Iceland in recent years and now the situation is such that many delicate spots in its nature are in danger because of the massive run of visitors.

Steinunn Arnardóttir

Steinunn Arnardóttir

Due to this, there is a need to build up a better infrastructure and take control of the flow of tourists around the country. One way to react to this situation is to search for opportunities in already built environments.

The focus is on the large coastline that Iceland has to offer and the small villages around it that often have an unused building mass and an infrastructure that was formerly used in the fishing industry or commerce and are now outdated or no longer needed.

The aim of the project is to search for a way to transform an abandoned freezing house on the Icelandic west coast by giving it a new meaning with an intervention that emphasises the qualities of the existing building structure and its site and can both serve the  local community and their guests.

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