A new 'layer of Icelandic identity.
The Icelandic landscape is facing increased pressure in a geopolitical situation where energy policies and increasing tourism lead to infrastructural development and ecological adaptation. Tectonic plates and glaciers create renewable Energy industries in Iceland.They rely on considerable renewable energy resources,particularly geothermal and hydropower.The opportunities to create new forms of integration between energy exploitation and the landscape are unique in Icelands geology, and offers challenges to explore the intersection between industrial environments and the landscape system.
In the recent future Icelands unique and untouched landscape will be changing due the fact of rising interest of global economy in the countries cheap renewable energy.The rebounding industries ignore the intersection between industrial aesthetics of the formal object and the landscape system.
The project transforms the Krafla Geothermal power plant, the largest in Northeast
Iceland that due expansion will double in size. By expanding the field of architectural design into territorial studies, the project aims to claim the environmental system as part of the architectural and industrial object, the territory or landscape into the site.This allows the architectural intervention to engage with the large scale that occurs in energy production. The experimental proposition uses extreme temperatures and the energy | material surplus of the industrial and landscape proces as a phenomenological design material | source to create new types of organization principles, relations and processes as a base for architecture.
The earth has become dominated by industrial exploitation in which Iceland seems to
be one of the last places that are still untouched, but even those places we call ‘nature’ are currently on the border of being maintained. A maintained natural version is nothing more than a dressed up version of culture. In studying the essence of nature I’ve been noticing that perhaps the more we control nature the less nature there is.
Therefore the temperature drivenarchitecturaloutcome isbalancingbetweentheuncontrollableprocesofnatureand controllable industrial proces of culture.
depicted as a magnifying glass the organized mass basalt structures, heated by water and steam reveal and intensify a new layer of landscape where tourists confront and discover Iceland’s temperatures.