We are proud to announce that “Stöðin – A roadside stop in Iceland” has been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award. The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, or Mies van der Rohe Award, is a Prize given biennially by the European Union and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona, to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe. The jury’s review and the three other nominated projects from Iceland can be seen here.
“Stöðin”, a roadside stop in the Icelandic countryside, is a conjoined restaurant, drive-through, convenience store and gas station. Icelandic culture is in many ways shaped by American influences due to the 65-year long presence of an American army base in the country. Stöðin addresses this cultural relationship by incorporating architectural elements from the American diner that contrast the traditional Icelandic building method of in situ cast concrete. The exposed concrete of the exterior bestows the diner with a permanence unknown by its American counterparts creating a friction between its streamlined aesthetics and the rustic materiality’s gravity. An elongated bar-desk transforms into seating arrangements and characterizes the semicircular restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the scenic fjord Borgarfjörður.
“Stöðin” in Borgarnes will be owned and run by Skeljungur, the Icelandic branch of Shell – with whom we are at the moment working on other road-stops within the same concept along the Icelandic highway.
Interior design is done in collaboration with aok-design.
Photography by Kristinn Magnússon.