People who plan to visit The Retreat in Blue Lagoon, Iceland, can look forward to the view of turquoise water directly from the apartments, located on lava formations …
Blue Laguna is located in a UNESCO protected geo-park, and consists of a series of pools that contain geothermal water rich in minerals that are ideal for your skin. The original spa center of Blue Laguna, Silica Hotel and other extensions of these institutions, were created by Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir, founder of the Basalt Architects studio. Sigurður Þorsteinsson and Design Group Italia, collaborated with Basalt Architects while working at The Retreat.
Over the years, this complex has been expanded to contain a restaurant, and four years ago, the construction of a new resort, which is the culmination of the vision of the Blue Lagoon, began in which it was designed as the epicenter of health and well-being.
The design of this resort aims to maximize the natural beauty of the lagoon, and reduce the impact of the building on its surroundings. An extensive analysis of the cracks and fissures formed by this volcanic landscape formed the layout and plan of the hotel.
The degree of flexibility was also part of this design, so that the plan could be adapted due to possible unexpected discoveries during the process of its creation. As a result of this, the buildings of this resort are seamlessly merged with the environment and natural beauties.
The range of materials used to create this project has been selected to highlight the shades and textures of the landscape, so we can see raw concrete, wood and lava, or perfect harmony with the natural environment.
This mainly concrete structure is composed of pre-fabricated elements, while naked concrete is used to create walls of various textures and tones represented by white silicate or gray lava.
Custom facades and parasols within the spa center and the hotel have a dark gray shade and a perforated pattern. The sixty-two suites have minimalist aesthetics, with windows from floor to ceiling, which direct all attention to the lagoon and the moss-covered walls.
Lava was used in various forms within the interior of this resort, for the formation of surfaces and objects that are the embodiment of the context of this building. So we can see the service tables in the reception area and the boss’s table in the new Moss restaurant, which are made from lava stone that is collected on site.
The wine cellar for the resort restaurant is closed by stone walls that are dramatically illuminated from the bottom, while additional chandeliers enhance its interesting and intimate atmosphere.