Ion Hotel - located in Selfoss, Iceland - was designed by the architecture studio Minarc, established in Santa Monica (CA) by Erla Dögg and Tryggvi in 1999.
The firm has gained considerable recognition for the holistic, environmentally aware approach that drives their choices of materials, such as the absence of paint, tiles and carpet, or the energy-conscious use of natural cross-ventilation in place of artificially forced air systems. The innovative use of reclaimed wood, recycled glass and rubber tires, cement panels and sustainable materials are another hallmark of Minarc designs.
Complementing these eco-conscious decisions is the use of warm, natural materials such as walnut, birch and ipe, a durable South American wood that can last up to half a century.
This holistic approach to design has earned the firm numerous awards and accolades including an IIDA Calibre Award, IDA International Design Award, and several International Interior Design Association (IIDA) awards.
Via Up Knörth and Minarc