“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.
Location: Borgarnes, Iceland
Additional Credits: Client: Skeljungur, the Icelandic branch of Shell.
Collaborators: Aok-design (on interior), Ferill (engineering, structural/HVAC), Mannvit (electrical engineering).
Photography: Kristinn Magnússon // www.kmphoto.is
Stöðin is located by the scenic fjord Borgarfjörður
Wood boards from the concrete formwork are employed in the illuminated underside of the cantilevered roof
The restaurant offers panoramic views of the scenic Borgarfjörður
An elongated bar-desk transforms into seating arrangements and characterizes the semicircular restaurant
A backlit sign wraps around the entire building
The pavements concrete tiles are stacked to create outdoor seating arrangements
Facades & section