Designed by Matthew Schexnyder
From: Reykjavik, Iceland
Shelter location: Iceland
Date submitted: August 18, 2009
The weather demands that Icelandic shelters or "skýli" must express the ideals of “enclosure.” This shelter focuses on the thermal envelope: a foundation of black lava stone collected on site, earth-sheltered on the uphill elevation, and black cladding to absorb the low angled Icelandic sunlight. The form relates to the Icelandic vernacular of farm buildings and mountain refuges: pitched roof, earth-sheltering, wood siding, and punched openings for operable windows.