Botanical Gardens Cafe, Akureyri Building, Development, Icelandic Architecture, Architect

Botanical Gardens Cafe : Akureyri Architecture

Icelandic Visitor Building design by Kollgata Arkitektúr

3 Apr 2013

Cafe in Akureyi Botanical Gardens

Design: Kollgata Arkitektúr

Akureyri Building

To commemorate the 150 year birthday of the township of Akureyri and the 100 years of the Botanical gardens of Akureyri, the city council decided to commission a cafe for the gardens. The site was at the center of the gardens, allowing for a 150m² building footprint.

Botanical Gardens Cafe Akureyri
photo : Helga Kvam

The main objectives of Kollgata were to create a building which could capture the spirit of it´s surroundings. The Botanical gardens themselves had to be in a primary role with this new building as a supportive point of interest, providing necessary servises to the visitors and creating a year round attraction. There were already two small buildings in the gardens with one of them being one of the oldest buildings in Akureyri, and thus demanding respect especially in this setting.

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photos : Helga Kvam

The basis for our design was to create a café that would clearly be a testament to the times we live in and at the same time keep with the atmosphere already created by these older buildings. Therefore we sought inspiration in their form, colours and scale and we looked to locally manufactured and tested materials to keep with the ideas of sustainability and heritage. Materials that would also allow us to implement modern details with precision. It was important for us that these modern details would be delicate and exact to keep this new building humble, honest and more in touch with both the natural surroundings and the small buildings already there.

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photos : Helga Kvam

Another factor greatly affecting the design was the buildings connection with the areas and spaces around it, intended for the visitors. This created the need for large windows and strong visual connection with the vegetation, trees, picnic areas and walkways surrounding the cafe.

Botanical Gardens Cafe images / information from Kollgata Arkitektúr

Location: Akureyrar, Iceland, north western Europe

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