Borgarfjordur Eystri is the northernmost fjord of the East Fjords. Despite it´s remote location it has not escaped the enormous increase of tourists visiting Iceland. The harbor is placed in beautiful surroundings on the outskirts of the tiny village of Bakkagerdi, inhabited by a mere 130 people. Seafaring and farming are still the major local industries, but tourism is growing rapidly.
In 2015 the municipality held an architectural competiton for a building on the waterfront, a place to serve the needs of both seafarers and port as well as being a focal point to services tourists. The area has an extensive birdlife, with migratory birds such as eiders and puffins gathering in the summertime. About 40,000 tourists visit the place annually and the new building is expected to ensure that there is a minimum of interference between the activities of the harbor and the activities of the tourists.
The building is cube shaped, 10 x 10 x 10 meters, with a diagonal staircase connecting all of it´s three floors. The staircase seperates each floor into an interior and an exterior space, which allows the cube to wedge naturally into the landscape and creates terraces with alternating views to the spectacular surroundings.
The building is a total of 120 square meters and can be entered independently from all three levels. It is simple in structure and appearance and the choice of materials emphasizes its euphemistic appearance. The in-situ cast concrete is mixed with colourful regional stone aggregates giving a rough and variable texture that changes throughout the day and the seasons. The building is simple in execution, with polished concrete floors and black steel railings, doors and windowframes.
Project: Visitor Centre
Type: 1. Prize in a competition
Size: 120 m2
Client: The Municipality of Borgarfjörður Eystri
Location: Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland
Statur: In progress