As the capital and largest city in Iceland, Reykjavík is often hailed as the world's safest and cleanest city. It's also believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement by Norsemen around AD 870, giving it a rich cultural history that brings in waves of visitors. Polish firm Moomoo Architects felt similarly drawn to Reykjavík's dreamlike landscape, inspired by the first settlers to design a modern home that fits right in with the pure white snow blanketing the Icelandic city in winter.
Surrounded by flat land extending deep into the horizon, the Reykjavík house blends right into the scenery with its simple rectangular design and white façade. The architectural firm says, "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." Floor-to-ceiling windows line two whole sides of the home, keeping owners as in tune with nature as possible without actually being in the snow outside. Not just stationery windows, the glass can be slid completely to the side in the warmer months, opening the entire "wall" to the elements and merging the long exterior terrace with the living area. While the windows give an open floor plan and amazing views, the other two walls are mostly solid so the residents can still have some privacy — though judging by the photos, there aren't too many neighbors nearby.
The home is divided into four zones, the garage, master bedroom, children area (which includes four bedrooms), and the living area. While the exterior is pure white, birch wood was brought within to bring warmth and texture to the modernist design. The master bedroom has a double bed, large closet, and a bathroom that is behind a glass wall (though it's important to note that the toilet is hidden behind a closet so it can't be seen from within the bedroom — sometimes privacy just shouldn't be compromised). "One additional window in the bedroom gives more light and furthermore makes very nice visual connection with the landscape — while standing in the living room you can see the exterior behind glazed bedroom doors."
The living area is practically flooded with natural light from the glazed windows and the roof's two large skylights, giving "the impression that it is set in the landscape, not inside the house." While the dining room can fit eight guests, the wall separating the dining and living room can be slid to the side so the dining table can be elongated to fit up to 20 people.
Moomoo's Reykjavík House is definitely one you wouldn't need to buy art to adorn the walls for because the ever-changing landscape will surely provide all the beauty you would ever want.
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