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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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510 Cabin by Hunter Leggitt Studio

By • May 31, 2015

510 Cabin by Hunter Leggitt Studio (4)

510 Cabin is a private home located in Wofford Heights, California, USA.

The 1,090-square-foot home was designed by Hunter Leggitt Studio in 2012.

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Delta House by Bernardes Arquitetura

By • Mar 5, 2015

Delta House by Bernardes Arquitetura (10)

The Delta House is a contemporary seaside vacation home designed by Bernardes Arquitetura.

Completed in 2013, it is located in Guarujá, a municipality in the São Paulo state of Brazil.

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North Pamet Ridge House by Hammer Architects

By • Feb 24, 2015

North Pamet Ridge House by Hammer Architects (8)

Completed in 2014, North Pamet Ridge House is a two story vacation home designed by Hammer Architects.

It is located in Truro, a summer vacation community in Massachusetts, USA.

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Long Dune Residence by Hammer Architects

By • Feb 3, 2015

Long Dune Residence by Hammer Architects (12)

Completed in 2014, Long Dune Residence is a contemporary residence designed by Hammer Architects.

It is located in Truro, a summer vacation community in Massachusetts, USA.

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Prospector Residence by Marmol Radziner

By • Jan 4, 2015 •  Selected Work 

Prospector Residence by Marmol Radziner (5)

Prospector Residence is a three story modern home completed by Marmol Radziner.

It is located in Sun Valley, a resort city in central Idaho, USA.

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Off-grid itHouse by Taalman Koch

By • Dec 2, 2014

Off-grid itHouse by Taalman Koch (08-1)

Off-grid itHouse is a vacation home located in Pioneertown, California, USA, and designed by Tallman Koch.

The home has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, and is surrounded by a vast rocky landscape.

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Venus Bay Bach by MRTN Architects

By • Jun 21, 2014

Venus Bay Bach by MRTN Architects (5)

Venus Bay Bach is a vacation home designed by MRTN Architects.

It is located in Venus Bay, Victoria, Australia, and has a vibrant and playful interior.

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Brushytop House by John Grable Architects

By • Jun 12, 2014

Brushytop House by John Grable Architects (9)

Brushytop House is a project designed by San Antonio-based studio John Grable Architects.

Completed in 2013, this weekend getaway cabin is located in Blanco, a small city in Texas, USA.

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DT Puerto Roldán House by VismaraCorsi Arquitectos

By • May 28, 2014

DT Puerto Roldán House by VismaraCorsi Arquitectos (20)

DT Puerto Roldán House is a contemporary vacation home designed by VismaraCorsi Arquitectos.

Completed in 2010, it is located in Roldán, a small city in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina.

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Summer Villa III by Haroma & Partners

By • Apr 13, 2014

Summer Villa III by Haroma & Partners (1)

Finnish studio Haroma & Partners designed the Summer Villa III project.

This modern vacation home is located in Merimasku, a former municipality of Finland.

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Vacation House in Timrarö by Sandell Sandberg

By • Dec 20, 2013

These vacation houses are located in Timrarö, Sweden.

The project was completed in 2012 by Sandell Sandberg.

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Currimundi Beach House by Loucas Zahos Architects

By • Aug 17, 2013

This contemporary vacation home is a 2012 project by Loucas Zahos Architects that is located in Currimundi Beach, Australia.

It serves as a place to escape everyday stresses and enjoy a carefree beachfront lifestyle.

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Fidar Beach House by Raed Abillama Architects

By • Jun 16, 2013

This 2011 project was created by Raed Abillama Architects and is located in Fidar, Jbeil, Lebanon.

It is a modern, beachfront vacation residence designed to accommodate a family of five and up to three guests.

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Burton Residence by Marmol Radziner

By • Jun 13, 2013

Burton Residence is a modern project by Marmol Radziner that is located in Mendocino County, California, USA.

It was designed to be an unobtrusive addition to the natural beauty of the environment.

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G house by Lode Architecture

By • May 19, 2013 •  Selected Work 

This 2011 project is a contemporary vacation residence by Lode Architecture that is located in Normandy, France.

The architects took a minimalist approach to the design, creating a comfortable yet efficient retreat.

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L House by Florian Busch Architects

By • Apr 27, 2013

This modern resort home in Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan is a 2012 project by Florian Busch Architects.

The minimalist design highlights the stunning views of Mount Yotei and the underlying valley.

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