ION Luxury Adventure Hotel Iceland, Reykjavik Building Design, Architect, Architecture

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

Modern Iceland Accommodation Building design by Minarc Architects

22 Aug 2018

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel in Reykjavik

Design: Minarc, Architects

Minarc is pleased to announce that its ION City Hotel in Reykjavík, Iceland, has been selected as a Finalist for the 2018 SBID International Design Awards for Hotel Bedroom and Suits Design.

Please vote by August 25th, 2018 (link now inactive – removed)

Category: Hotel Bedroom & Suites Design Finalist
Design Practice: Minarc Inc
Project Title: ION City
Project Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Design Practice Location: Santa Monica, United States

Originally a hostel for Reykjavík backpackers, this boutique hotel was renovated to offer a sustainable and tranquil refuge to its guests.

4 Dec 2013

Hotel in Reykjavik

Location: Hengill, Iceland

Design: Minarc, Architects

Luxury Adventure Hotel

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

New hotel in the slopes of Iceland’s Mt. Hengill


In a land of myth and legend, on an island where fire meets ice, surrounded by hot springs, glaciers, and the mystical glow of the Northern Lights, comes a new hotel where nothing comes between you and this otherworldly landscape. Ion, Iceland’s newest luxury hotel designed by Minarc.

Iceland Luxury Accommodation

Nestled into the slopes of Mt. Hengill, near Thingvellir national park, the Ion sits perched atop a series of high-seat pillars, an homage to Iceland’s first settler, Ingolfur Arnarson, who en-route to Iceland in the year 874 threw his high-seat pillars overboard and sailed to where the gods brought them ashore.

Luxury Hotel Iceland Accommodation

Like an enormous basalt post pile, with its black, lava-like exterior emerging from the mountainside, the new wing appears suspended, as if floating on the cloud of geothermal steam that surrounds it.

The Ion, with its use of natural light, outdoor living spaces and panoramic views of the environs, creates a unique sense of oneness, where the boundaries of walls seem to part and beckon nature inside.

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

Inspired by the environmental surroundings, Ion incorporates innovative materials, sustainable practices, and the natural features of Iceland into its design. Ion is surrounded by hot springs, which provide geothermal hot water and energy.

Luxury Iceland Accommodation Building

The prefabricated, panelized building system exceeds environmentally safe building standards. Driftwood and other natural materials are used extensively in furniture throughout the hotel. Beds and chairs are built from recycled materials. Mirrors are framed with indigenous Birchwood. Lights made of lava and found-wood illuminate the rooms.

Iceland Hotel Building

Images of the Icelandic horse, the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and other Icelandic references adorn the hotel walls. Each guest room is detailed with restrained lighting effects and subtle color palettes, as well as an abundance of natural daylight.

Iceland Accommodation Building design by Minarc Architects

Large picture windows in each room offer breathtaking views of Lake Thingvallavatn and the surrounding mountains, over which nature’s own theatre unfolds as the most spectacular light show, the Northern Lights, comes to life.

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel – Building Information

PROJECT NAME: ION Luxury Adventure Hotel
LOCATION: Hengill, Iceland
CLIENT: ION Luxury Adventure Hotel
ARCHITECT: Minarc [Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir]

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel, Iceland, images / information from Minarc

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

Minarc are based in Santa Monica, CA, USA

Location: Hengill, Iceland, north west Europe

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