Project for a visitors center and employee
lounges at the Blue Lagoon geothermal power plant
Proposal for a visitors center and
employee lounges at the Blue Lagoon powerplant in Svartsengi, S-W Iceland.
The site is most popular by visitors coming to bathe in the hot lagoon
formed by geothermal water discarded by the powerplant
The existing powerplant in the lava field
Showing the relationship between the proposed (green) building
in the lava field, and the powerplant.
3rd floor plan of the employee
facilities. The floors of the building are stepped within in a large
entrance hall. Note the 2nd floor employee connection ramp/bridge over the
road to the plant
Ground floor plan
Shows the large glass facade flanked by two entrances. The auditorium is
easily turned into a public dining hall, or a conference room. A smaller
flexible shaped meeting room with a large table in the shape of
Reykjanes is farther inwards. Reykjanes is the peninsula province
where the powerplant operations are based. In the center is a
full building height gallery space, focusing on various powerplant
reserarch and history. It could house such items as tall bore drill
fragments or bore hole cores.
Front elevation, facing powerplant.
Its main feature is a large window from within which views of the
powerplant are framed.
Partial / up-close image of elevation.
The structure is all covered in metal sheets, glass and grass
2nd floor plan, showing staff
cafeteria, related facilities and the projection monitor for films,
exhibits or slide shows
All design work and drawings are made
by Olafur Thordarson. Text reviews were made by Einar Örn Gunnarsson and
Thor Tomasson. Thanks to Skuli Sverrisson for insightful