Jarðnæði; tranquil terra
“Jarðnæði; Tranquil Terra” is a study on the living earth and nature’s impact on life and space in Southern Iceland, closeby my namesake volcano Katla.
The project is anchored in a place with a long and complex history and with a profound relationship with its landscapes – a place of wandering churches, lifesaving shipwrecks, growing houses, teeth in the ground, paths lined with crosses to protect against the ghosts and other dark creatures. It is a place where everything is vibrant, alive and has a story to tell.
In this journey to the Tranquil Terra I navigated by means of cartography and critical fiction in search of ways to rethink the Icelandic architectural heritage beyond the nature-culture divide.
I received the Offecct Prize 2014 for my graduation thesis “Jarðnæði, Tranquil Terra” from KTH School of Architecture in Stockholm, Sweden. “Jarðnæði, Tranquil Terra” is a study on the living earth and nature’s impact on life and space in Southern Iceland, closeby my namesake volcano Katla. According to the jury, the project “in a beautiful and poetic way illustrated the living earth and nature’s impact on life and the room […]. With a captivating story about human meetings across generations, this work explores with the tools of the architect, the natures impact on human life, the room and the landscape. This is a slow, economic project that harvest the forces of nature, its materials and expressions, which on the highest level makes it alive and thoughtful. […] poetic and willful work, that ponders the times we live in and the direction we humans are heading in […]”
During the Diploma Days in June 2014, I was also awarded the Jury’s Mention for this project.