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.



blog hat

Blizzard knits are snow ready! #designunbound

  1. knit…
    • 30 on
    • using size 13 needles
    • and as many rows as it takes to circulate the head
    • this will make a rectangle
  2. braid…
    • using 10 strings of yarn
    • always looping one string through the knit rectangle
    • start at the corner of one short side around to the opposite corner
    • bring both sides together and braid by looping the other short side of the rectangle
  3. adorn…
    • by using the remaining braid ends to enclose and top the hat
    • weave the ends through the long, not braided side and pull tight to close the top
    • tie the strings in a knot that doubles as a tassel
  4. enjoy…
    • because the snow is never going away in Boston