1970s bungalow

Arctic Wood
Project architect
Gudjon T. Erlendsson
Heiðar Þór Jónsson
Year 2012-17

Exposed light coloured concrete finishes, oak, brass and marble contrasted against dark colours

The client purchased the delapidated house with the purpose of re-modelling it and bringing it up to contemporary standards. The single storey bungalow was built in the 70s out of concrete blocks, with lightweight roof and secondary steel structure. The project involved fillin in a small central courtyard, enlarging windows to bring in the bright arctic light into the house. The internal alterations strategically placed all service spaces along the entrance side to the north of the house with the bedroom area on the east side. This left a large open plan space facing south and west for the living room, dining and kitchen. A self standing wall seperates the kitchen from the bedroom zone forming a space used as a family/TV room.

The design attempts to combine a contemporary tectonic and minimal design approach with references to the bronze and browns of the 1970s aesthetics.

The results is a contemporary and cosy family home.