Ice House by Minarc

Ice House by Minarc

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Photo courtesy: Torfi Agnarsson

To create a serene family sanctuary that harmoniously connects inhabitants with the surrounding natural environment, while combining the best sustainable, eco- friendly materials and energy efficient technologies with minimalist architectural design.


Some features of the house:

– 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom plus loft.

– Simple eco-conscious design focuses on functionality and creates a healthy living environment for the family.

– The house is located in the beautiful a rural town of Iceland, a low-developed region committed to the preservation of its beautiful natural scenery and resources.

– Design elements were chosen carefully to maximize passive solar power and cross ventilation, minimizing electricity costs.


– Conscious effort made to use materials in their most organic form.

– To improve indoor air quality, no carpet or forced air systems (AC/HV) utilized.

– The project reduces its impact on the natural ground by raising the structure with elevated decks and floors.

– Native wood siding materials are locally sourced, which allows for the project to blend in with the surrounding regional landscape.


– Large and expansive windows and openings are used in living area and bedrooms to provide abundant natural light, frame the beautiful landscape and enable a seamless connection with nature.

– Master bathroom features a pebble rock wall referencing the surrounding landscape.

– Exterior spaces designed for maximum indoor-outdoor living.

– Outdoor shower encourages a closer connection to nature and the elements.

– An edible garden is incorporated into the exterior design to foster sustainable living.

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