Basalt Architects received the Iceland Design Award 2018 for their contribution to the development of bathing culture in Iceland, including most recently, The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon, co-designed with Design Group Italia, and GeoSea sea-baths in Húsavík.
Iceland Design Awards 2018
Best investment in Design – Lava Centre
The LAVA CENTRE is an example of an ambitious project in the tourist industry. It uses the tools of design to explain in a captivating way the scientific knowledge behind the epic forces of nature that shape our planet and created Iceland millions of years ago. Basalt Architects designed the building and the exhibition design is the cooperative work of Gagarín interactive specialists and Basalt Architects. The result is a clear example of added value by good design.
Angústúra Book Club
Graphic designers Snæfríð Þorsteins and Hildigunnur Gunnarsdóttir designed the visual identity for Angústúra Publishing’s book club. “The design is both minimal and nostalgic and the designers succeed in creating an atmosphere and space for breathing within the book form.”
Catch of the day
Björn Steinar Blumenstein turns discarded fruit collected from supermarket dumpsters into vodka, and offers an open source distilling machine. “Using design as a tool, this project will have us talking about the global problem of food waste. This eye-opener makes us understand the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of both the problem and the.”
Norðurbakki, by the old harbour in Hafnarfjörður, consists of two apartment buildings and a connecting courtyard. Norðurbakki was designed by PKdM Architects in collaboration with Teiknistofan Storð. “The two apartment blocks on Norðurbakki in Hafnarfjörður are reminiscent of the ships that lay by the dock at the end of last century, in both the choice of material and form. The houses are examples of bold architecture and landscape architecture in an urban area.”