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Vacation Home Perfectly Blended In with Nature in Iceland

By • Mar 22, 2021

Perfectly nestled in the hills of Selfoss, Iceland, this holiday home is breathtaking. Private, environmentally-friendly, masterfully blended in with the surroundings, this home is inspiring.

Built in 2020 following plans by architects from Krads, this beautiful home covers 170 square meters. The home uses lots of wood and other natural materials as it seeks to take nothing away from the magnificent views of Lake Þingvallavatn.

Wood paneling integrates with the surrounding.

Not only does the home use lots of wood paneling, but the roofs are also covered in local greeneries and moss.

The roof is overgrown with grass and moss
From above, the house is nearly camouflaged with its surroundings

Architects were careful to follow the local landscape, creating the house’s concrete foundation in three staggered planes that seek to imitate nature. This creates the wonderful slopes of the home in tandem with the hill.

Environmentally-friendly, this house slopes with the hill.

The home’s insides are also filled with wooden paneling – on the walls, on the ceiling, and on there’s wood present in the floors too. Plus, the furniture perfectly blends it all together – simple,  yet efficient.

Wood is heavily used throughout the house
Minimalistic and chic furniture

In the living area, you can even take a dip while you take in the wonderful views of the lake.

Enjoy the views from the tub
Hidden stairs take you to the loft

This hallway also features a huge window which alows us to look into the terrace that overlooks mountains Jórutindur and Hátindur.

The wood is present in the loft as well

From higher up, you once more enjoy the view of the lake while relaxing with a cup of coffee or tea.

The perfect spot to relax with a book

The living area is also breathtaking, while the muted colors of the furniture make it so nothing detracts from the floor to ceiling windows and the view it offers.

Magnificent views from the living area

This may be a vacation home, but it could very well be one that you do not with to ever put an end to. The landscape was preserved as pristine as possible, making room for the home without disturibing the surroundings. Since you can easily stand on the roof here, it’s easy to see how architecture can be done right to allow the perfect balance between the needs of humans and those of nature.

Hidden in the hills
Floor plans

Photographs Credit: Marino Thorlacius

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