Anchor of the Plates by 00Group

Anchor of the Plates

The unique geography phenomenon of Iceland is a manifestation of the primitive earth land. Inspired by the nature power, the design tries to coordinate with it by adding ‘anchors’ across the fissure. The observation towers act as a boat trying to pull these two plates together and further reveal the tension beneath visually and metaphorically.

It indicates the mirror but insistent human power under such a grand environment. The architecture geometry is subtle and powerful. In wild nature, it casts the sun and shadow and indicates the significance of the land. Under the force of traction, the massing is squeezed into blocks organically.

The skinny rope‐way bridge connects the two banks, reflecting delicate machine aesthetics. The systematic gears link to interior space. As the cracks increase, the gear system of the rope‐way can automatically adjust the appropriate distance and reflect the data to the center gear in the interior hall.

People who drive to the site will attract by such a powerful geometry from a distance. The rocklike massing fits into the Iceland landforms, and the interior space provides an excellent cave sight. Between these crack openings, sunlight and scenery flow inside.

Visitors can sit on the warm stairs waiting for the tour and become the witness of the crack growing every day. Climb on the stairs will lead to the observation deck on the back of the ‘boat’. It Provides a 360 panorama view as the mountain peak.

Take the other path visitor can approach the swaying ropeway, going across the fissure to the other side will be a remarkable sensitive experience of their adventure. Source by 00Group.

  • Location: Iceland
  • Architect: 00Group
  • Project Team: Jing Xu, Gang Liu, Sizhuo Gao
  • Project Year: 2020
  • Images: Courtesy of 00Group

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