Hrafnhildur Magnúsdóttir is a 2013 BA-Architecture graduate of the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

The task for all BA students was to design a refuge, a cairn on the journey of knowledge and self reflection that serves as a setting for educational camps for school groups during the winter and a resting place for travelers on their hiking pilgrimage during summers.

Set in the vicinity of lake Kleifarvatn, the building incarnates a stopover on a path that stretches along the continental drift ridge across the island, from Reykjanes in the south to Axarfjörður in the North.

Here is Magnúsdóttir’s design Refuge.

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According to the designer,

The building lies crosswise on the pilgrim’s journey, disconnecting him from his linear journey from a to b. Stretching out into the lake it takes his mind off both things past and what lies ahead and shifts his focus, mind and body to the present.
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The building provides various places for the pilgrim to respond to own rhythms and state at each time. The axis reaching out to the lake is built up by a common space where the pilgrims gather and share with one another, a hall opening out to a porch. Protruding out of the public axis, there is a platform where the pilgrim can withdraw from the crowd into individual cabins that can either be opened up or closed completely depending on the needs of the dweller.

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In the wintertime the refuge shelters children on an exploratory expedition with their classmates. The children adapt the building to their needs as a whole, poke into the being of the pilgrim by combining the separate cabins into the public area so they become a common sleep lounge and at the same time put themselves in the footsteps of the pilgrim in search of coherence.

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The project was exhibited at Reykjavik Art Museum in the LHÍ Student Show 2013.

 

Images Courtesy of the designer

 

This is our second edition of our yearly round-up of final projects by brand new designers graduating from the Iceland Academy of the Arts.