Iceland Greenhouse Restaurant, 2021
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The Iceland Greenhouse Restaurant competition is a collaboration with Vogafjós Farm Resort, located east of Lake Mývatn. For this competition, participants were tasked with designing a greenhouse concept restaurant. Fresh, locally grown foods are scarce in Iceland, particularly during the winter months.
The greenhouse would allow Vogafjós Farm to grow salad vegetables, fruits, and berries that could then be served in the restaurant, offering guests an immersive experience, as well as delicious, locally produced food.
Our ambition was to create a restaurant where it is possible to eat surrounded by the plants while watching the Hverfjall volcano, the Northern Lights and the pools of Mývatn Nature Baths set just next to the competition area.
To achieve that, we decided in the first place to set the restaurant between two greenhouses. This idea was developed further by alternating each space required by the program (entrance, multipurpose hall, warehouse, restaurant-kitchen) with the volumes of the greenhouses. In this way it is possible to obtain an ”Enfilade” which is a suite of rooms formally aligned with each other. This particular organization was a common feature in European architecture from the Mannerism and Baroque periods onward. Applied to our programme, the Enfilade allows to create an informal experience where the visitors can walk and enjoy the whole building, participating and getting involved in all the activities.
Considering the optimization of snow and sun exposure, it seemed appropriate to create a pitched roof for each volume. This pure functional gesture gives as a formal result an artificial mountain landscape that we call ”The Magic Mountains”.
Project: The Magic Mountains
Program: Greenhouse Restaurant
Client: Vogafjós Farm Resort, Iceland
Key Team Members: Marco de Piaggi, Jan Moritz