Berglind Erika Hammerschmidt is one of the BA-Architecture-Design graduates 2014 of the Icelandic Academy of the Arts.

Her project is called The Icelandic dream: The sustainable home and the clients for this project are a married couple around 50 with two grown up daughters.





According to the architect,

The wife is an independent seamstress with an at home sewing studio and the husband likes gardening and reapearing things at home. They are a very pracktikal and modest couple, wich try to make the best out of the things they have and with that in mind thear home was designed.


The buildings concept is to create a modern sustainable home with atributes that enable it to make the best use of what the environoment has to offer. This is for example achieved with using different kinds of materials with different thermal conductance like wood and concrete to keep the building warm, but allso with possisioning the different rooms of the building acording to the sunns location.


The bedrooms, the livingroom, dingingroom, kitchen and the workrooms are put up acording to the suns location, surrounding a southfacing garden witch opens up to the street and leads you to the building, creating a short journey thowards the enterance. You could compere the building to layers of clothing, wich protects us from the weather but allso from revealing to much to others.


It depends on the relationship between the residents and thear guest how far they are willing to open thear home. The rooms of the building are therefor devided into different parts acording to thear level of privacy so that they can be eather closed of or opend, depending on the situation.

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The project was exhibited at Reykjavik Art Museum in the LHÍ Student Show 2014.


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.


Images courtesy of the architect