Designer Spotlight: KRADS

We’ve been working with KRADS throughout our design chapter here at Inspired by Iceland and now it’s time to shine a light on some of the inspirational stuff that they’ve been getting up to. 

KRADS is an architectural studio based in Denmark and Iceland, with both teams working together to re-imagine the Scandinavian culture of architecture and design. All very exciting stuff, particularly when you factor in the stunning rural settings in Iceland that many of these structures are created to stand amongst. 

As one of four partners at KRADS, Kristján Örn Kjartansson has been working alongside our design students, including a visit to one of KRADS’ current projects; a summerhouse on a remote peninsula in South West Iceland, to explore the mapping of spaces and landscape. 

The Summerhouse has been designed by the team at KRADS to create a careful and functional engagement between building and landscape. Inside, the summerhouse is laid out as a sequence of spaces following the contour lines of the landscape, with each space housing a window that is custom shaped and sized to display the most beautiful view for each outlook.

As the inspiring work at KRADS demonstrates, architecture and design in Iceland are in a great place right now with plenty of exciting projects on the go and new talent constantly emerging. As Kristján remarks; ‘A new generation of young architectural practices is emerging, giving the field a welcome gush of fresh ideas.’ So, expect to see more great projects from KRADS in the very near future…

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