Type: CabinClient: Hlíd AccommodationLocation: Lake Mývatn, IcelandYear: 2016-2017
With Aska, Studio Heima interprets the classic Icelandic turf house in the hope of recapturing parts of the beautiful older building heritage, where building and nature - to a much greater extent than today - were closely linked.
The cabin itself is an interpreted version of the "good" hotel room furnished with a large bedroom, private bath and an open-plan kitchen.From the kitchen and bedroom are large windows with views to the beautiful surroundings. From the kitchen is direct access to a terrace through a large sliding door.The small footprint of the house is balanced by a higher ceiling height, so the interior of the cabin fells spacious and comfortable.
With thoughts on the Icelandic volcanoes with ash and lava lying like a blanket in the landscape, the cabin has been named Aska, which translated means ash.The cabin is covered with burned pine cladding - Shou sugi ban, an ancient Japanese technique - where the tree is impregnated through charring of the outer layer of the tree. Using this technique, a sustainable and robust façade with a long life is made of 100% natural materials.
In contrast to the dark cladding, the inside is covered with light pine-plywood that adds light and warmth to the cabin's interior.
As an extrusion of the landscape the roof is planted with vegetation from the surrounding area so the cabin integrates with the Icelandic landscape.