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Borgarfjordur College, Iceland

Kurtogpi Architects

In Borgarnes, a small town 75km north of Reykjavík, the Borgarfjordur College was founded and is owned by the local community where it also functions as a cultural house for the town.

The building is located on a spectacular site, characterized by strong elements of the local environment; beautiful views, particular rocks and vegetation.

These were major factors in the formation of the building, which establish a conversation with its environment, both near and far.

The main functions of the building are placed on two floors, classrooms, aula and offices, all in boxes composing the building and forming the open spaces and corridors between them, focusing on the views around the building.

The materials used in the building are supposed to last and at the same time wear and tear, in a natural beautiful way, through time and use; polished concrete and solid wooden floors and exposed concrete and tiles on walls.

On the outside the materials reflect their surroundings, where the brass cladding refers directly to the rocks around the building. These rocks are high in iron and therefore oxidizing, giving them particular colour, very close to the brass which is composed of shingles of irregular size, echoing the formal irregularity of the rocks.

The upper roofs are covered with large granulated oxidizing gravel, and the lower roofs are covered with the same vegetation as the rocks around the building.

The program of the building and its surroundings, both in terms of exact location, form or materials, form the building. It is to reflect its environment, both social and physical and, at the same time, to give its users the space for their personal imagination and perception of the environment, built and natural, in which they are found.

Specialist copper contractor - Schabos GmbH
Main contractor - Borgarverk

Location: Borgarnes, Iceland
Floor area: 3411 sqm.
Client: Menntaborg ehf.
Engineers: Mannvit, VJI, Exton

Collaboration: Thor Vigfusson, artist
Photographs: Hakan Ludwigson

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Building

Owner: 
Menntaborg EHF
Completion date: 
2008
Country: 
Iceland
City: 
Borgarnes

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Type of building: 
Cultural
Educational
Copper used: 
Pre-oxidised
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Kurtogpi Architects
Address & description: 
Skolavordustigur 2 101 Reykjavik Iceland

Copper contractors

Title: 
Specialist copper contractor - Schabos GmbH

Awards

Season: 
2009

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