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* Residential Architecture: Ice House by Minarc

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Residential Architecture: Ice House by Minarc: “..To create a serene family sanctuary that harmoniously connects inhabitants with the surrounding natural environment, while combining the best sustainable, eco- friendly materials and energy efficient technologies with minimalist architectural design..some features of the house: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom plus loft; Simple eco-conscious design focuses on functionality and creates a healthy living environment for the family; The house is located in the beautiful a rural town of Iceland, a low-developed region committed to the preservation of its beautiful natural scenery and resources; Design elements were chosen carefully to maximize passive solar power and cross ventilation, minimizing electricity costs; Conscious effort made to use materials in their most organic form; To improve indoor air quality, no carpet or forced air systems (AC/HV) utilized; The project reduces its impact on the natural ground by raising the structure with elevated decks and floors; Native wood siding materials are locally sourced, which allows for the project to blend in with the surrounding regional landscape; Large and expansive windows and openings are used in living area and bedrooms to provide abundant natural light, frame the beautiful landscape and enable a seamless connection with nature; Master bathroom features a pebble rock wall referencing the surrounding landscape; Exterior spaces designed for maximum indoor-outdoor living; Outdoor shower encourages a closer connection to nature and the elements; An edible garden is incorporated into the exterior design to foster sustainable living..”  Extensive glazing, natural light, nature views; stylish interior decoration; terraces and indoor / outdoor sensibility; wood cladding; sustainability and material sensibility..

See our post on another home by Minarc: Residential Architecture: Rainbow Living by Minarc.

image: © Torfi Agnarsson; article: “Ice House / Minarc” 30 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. . <http://www.archdaily.com/258160&gt;

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