BHM Cabins, rental cottages
Location: Laugarvatn, Iceland
Project photo: Rafael Phino
Portrait photo: Aki Lindmann
Palmar Kristmundsson, architect + founder + owner of PK ARKITEKTAR ehf, he was educated in Denmark at the Danish State School of Architecture in Aarhus and at the University of Tokyo in Japan where emphasis was placed on cultivating deep, patient reasoning, artistic acuity and independent vision. Pálmar Kristmundsson has subsequently built an exceptional career on integrating Japanese vernacular architecture with the striking effects of the unspoiled nature of his home country of Iceland.
After working for Takefumi Aida Architects and Associates in Tokyo, he returned to Iceland in 1985 to establish his own practice. Currently midway through his career, his work includes a stunning collection of embassies, office buildings, single-family houses, award-winning vernacular summerhouses, design objects, and collaborations with some of the most prominent artists of our time. What unites his projects is a deep understanding of the importance of place and an ability to infuse that place with meaning and quality.