Saturday, February 14, 2009

Hof House:for Something Built From Scrap, Not Bad at All

"Iceland’s Gorgeous Passive Solar Hof House"
inhabitat (February 12, 2009)

"Deep in the northern chill of Iceland, just outside the arctic circle, the Hof House sits snugly within its landscape. Built on an existing estate, Studio Granada Architects salvaged whatever materials possible from the site to be incorporated into the new residence, converting telegraph poles into a sun screen...."

With eight photos, and elevations.

(from inhabitat, used without permission)

The building has nice lines, and some of the interior spaces, shown in other photos, look interesting: but if this is "gorgeous," then the civic arena in this central Minnesota town is "gorgeous," too.

Technically, though, the house seems rather impressive. And, an indication that 'solar' features can work in cold climates.

Finally, from an aesthetic point of view, people living inside the house seem to have a very nice set of views of the Icelandic landscape.

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