Geo Thermo Haptic: Iceland Black Lava Fields Visitors Center

International Competition
Recognition: Shortlisted
Related: Streamlines, Vortices & Plumes
Collaborators: Laura Haylock and Calum Rennie

Set within the northwestern section of the Dimmuborgir lava fields in northern Iceland, the project experientially registers the curious natural phenomena of the surrounding fissure-swarm landscape. At the scale of an earthworks, the project consists of two new constructed grounds. One ground is submerged within an excavation below; the other ground hovers tenuously above while connecting seamlessly to the existing topography. The project is understood as an experiential choreography, alternating between immersion within and hovering over the geological and thermal conditions upon which both the immediate site and the larger Icelandic volcanic landscape rests.