#52 - Creme de la Creme

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, a 5-star in Iceland

Courtesy of Basalt Architects

Ever hear someone say Iceland isn’t worth the flight? Of course not. And this year, there’s a new reason to go. Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir, founding partner of Basalt Architects, in collaboration with  Design Group Italia, designed The Retreat at Blue Lagoon in Iceland, completed this year.

Awarded with the title of Iceland’s first five-star hotel, The Retreat has been constructed harmoniously with the environment—yes, the one that has always wowed travelers—, and reveals views of the lagoon’s turquoise water and surrounding lava formations.

They developed a natural palette for the brut concrete superstructure that acts as a fusion of the surrounding elements: grey lava, terrazzo, sand, water and Iceland’s vibrant green moss. They selected B&B Italia to provide all the millwork and furnishings for most of the interiors, as well as the decorative lighting for the hotel, Moss restaurant, library and spa.

You’ll find more amazing images and can read more about the architecture here.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Courtesy of Basalt Architects.

About the Author

American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of AgriExpo e-magazine and ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.

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