2024 | Professional

NY Architectural Design Awards Gold Winner Winner

The Obsidian

Entrant Company

Xinyue Geng

Category

Residential Architecture - Residential Architecture / Other___

Client's Name

Country / Region

United States

Nestled adjacent to Reynisfjara Beach, this collection of minimalist living spaces stands as a sanctuary for travelers, drawing design inspiration from the stark beauty of the surrounding black volcanic landscape. Characterized by a sturdy exterior shell and an inviting, warm interior core, each space reflects the resilient essence of the local community, weaving tales of endurance and comfort amidst the rugged terrain. Reynisfjara Beach, famed for its obsidian sands, instills a sense of mystery and wonder. Seamlessly merging with this natural wonder, the project offers a bespoke, immersive experience for hikers.



Comprising a series of irregularly shaped mini stations artfully scattered across the volcanic rock formations, it provides temporary lodging and relaxation amenities, including a soothing hot spring sauna. Material choices and spatial configurations are thoughtfully curated to echo the surrounding environment, ensuring a harmonious blend with nature while adhering to sustainable design principles. Through its commitment to sustainability, the project not only preserves the visual integrity of the local landscape but also actively contributes to the community's well-being, embodying a synergy of architectural ingenuity and environmental stewardship.

Credits

Chief Designer
Xinyue Geng
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