Day 07: Ólafsvík, Iceland


The exploratory architecture:

I screamed for our car to stop. I needed to run around this amazing little church, on the base of a hill in Ólafsvík, Iceland, and overlooking the peninsula’s water. It was everything; every angle was so unique, while still relating to its site and climbing towards the sky like a church does. So formulaic with its series of angled volumes along the nave, almost pouring out of one another like a tiny Sydney Opera House. It begged for a passerby to explore.

Achievable by such minimal joinery, the photo above shows how effortlessly the forms met at the most critical of points. I found this church to be almost a total work of design where shape, form, line, pattern, and color all aligned without fuss.


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