María Þórólfsdóttir 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 Þórólfsdóttir’s design Skrín, which also serves as a water camp for children and teenagers.



Along being a cabin for school children and hinking pilgrims, Skrín is also a water camp for children and teenagers. The building is divided to five individual parts, located on land and lake.




According to the designer,

The water-camp is a summer camp where the children get acquainted with kayaks and use them to travel between spaces located on the lake. In the building, the guests shake off the sense of time which society has imprinted within us and connect with their own pace and the rhythm of nature and discover the harmony between them.


The project was exhibited at Reykjavik Art Museum in the LHÍ Final Exhibition 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.