Iceland’s Blue Lagoon resort

Guests at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland can look out onto the turquoise water of the famous lagoon from hotel suites nestled into the lava formations.

The Blue Lagoon is situated within the UNESCO Global Geopark and comprises a series of pools containing geothermal seawater rich in minerals like silica and sulphur that are reputed to be good for treating skin conditions.

The new hotel represents the culmination of founder Grímur Sæmundsen’s vision for the Blue Lagoon as an epicentre for health and wellbeing.

The design of the retreat aims to take advantage of the lagoon’s natural beauty and minimise the building’s impact on its surroundings. A thorough analysis of the cracks and fissures that form this volcanic landscape informed the layout of the plan.

The material palette used throughout the project was chosen to complement the hues and textures of the landscape, with raw concrete, wood and lava from the site all used to harmonise with the natural surroundings.

The 62 suites features a minimalist aesthetic, with floor-to-ceiling windows that focus attention on views of the lagoon or the moss-covered rocks.

Lava is used in various forms throughout the interior to form surfaces and objects that root the building in its context. These include service desks in the reception area and a chef’s table in the new Moss Restaurant made from lava rock that was quarried onsite.

Project credits:

Architecture design: Basalt Architects
Experience design: Design Group Italia
Interior design: Basalt Architects and Design Group Italia
Product design: Design Group Italia
Lighting design: Liska
Engineering: EFLA
Construction Inspection: VSS, Verkfræðistofa Suðurnesja
General contractor: Jáverk

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