SA lab has designed a modular trekking lodge for use in harsh icelandic landscapes, influenced by the norse legend of yggdrasil — a mythical tree and symbol of life. conceived as a sanctuary where travellers can find everything they need for respite from their journey, the design of ‘under yggdrasil’ is based on traditional icelandic architectural forms and cultural symbols.

 

 

under yggdrasil
from stepan kukharskiy

 

 

the suggested design by SA lab provides shelter from the elements while maintaining a symbiotic relationship with the natural environment surrounding it. composed of four separate prefabricated chambers, the lodge rests on a platform constructed atop a pile foundation, providing minimal environmental interference. a central technical zone in the center houses the boiler tank, medical equipment, and storage spaces, as well as the rainwater and sewage filtration systems, which provide reusable, purified, water supplies. in keeping with the environmentally conscious design, the external compartments are constructed of a framework of recycled steel and wood.

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the design is influenced by the norse legend of yggdrasil, a mythical tree and symbol of life

 

 

solar panels, located on the roof, provide electricity for heat and light. the walls of the lodge themselves are made of a translucent ETFE membrane, allowing for ease of transportation and assembly on often rough terrain. being tensile, the walls provide an aerodynamic tree-like shape, necessary in withstanding high wind speeds and harsh weather conditions. designed to both protect travellers from and immerse them in their natural surroundings, the lodge also includes a communal space where multiple travellers can congregate and connect.


solar panels, located on the roof, provide electricity for heat and light


the lodge also includes a communal space where multiple travelers can congregate and connect

 

drawings


concept diagram indicates phases such as inspiration and environmental influence

examples of form finding of the various architectural geometries 

 

floorplan of the modular trekking lodge

section 1-1 showing the location of materials and other hidden elements 

masterplan indicating the overview of the site and its topography 

drawing of the project’s architectural elements

 

 

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edited by: peter corboy | designboom

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