dancing with architecture: iceland
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You could describe Iceland's buildings as put-your-back-to-the-wind-and-huff-into-your-hands architecture. The original buildings were dusty dugouts hollowed into the mossy soil. Most vernacular buildings are swiss chalet-y and colorful--and clad in corrugated iron with smallish hefty windows to keep out the ice and cold. The perimeter of the island is guarded by utilitarian yet picturesque lighthouses as well as numerous but lonely churches.
Reykjavik has some spirited architecture with the cathedral of the Church of Iceland, designed in 1937, perched above it all on top of the local hill. The shape and structure of the church evokes (belches loudly, one could argue...) the columnar jointing of the basaltic bedrock that forms the country itself. Just outside Reykjavik near the airport at Husavik is the Blue Lagoon, a resort centered about the geothermal outfall from a nearby power plant. The resort and setting is modern, and the architecture can be enjoyed while wading through warm water.