The project started out as a dialogue between, the dynamic nature and prudence science – between the imaginative and the systematic. It soon became a discussion of how architecture can connect the two.
The site is in the valley between the tall black mountains of Hafrafell and Skaftafell, at the retreating border between the Vattnajökull glacier and the expanding delta, on south east Iceland.
The program is a research station for natural scientists exploring the secrets of the retreating glacier. A shelter for fantasy and work in the nearness of the glacier.
The architecture stages the mythical movement of nature by staying. Staying means making nature inhabitable, and staging means making visible.