Home & Design | November 15, 2017 9:00 am

Iceland Is Hoping to Build Its Own Great Pyramids

Fingers crossed these wacky mountain shelters get erected

Volcanoes, geysers, aurora borealis, oh my.

Iceland’s natural wonders have been an open secret for a little while now.

But few know about the island’s push into stunning manmade wonders, most recently releasing visualizations for a mountain shelter that’s primed for the nation’s rugged trails. The environs, conceptualized by Swedish-owned Utopia Arkitekter, is named Skýli (Icelandic for “shelter”) and was nominated for an award at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin.

The mountain refuge would feature a zany four-pyramidal design, floor to ceiling triangular windows, north and south entrances to brace wind impact, and a steel exterior doused in electric blue that tributes the bright colors of Reykjavik. It’s capable of housing up to 15 weary travelers, and most incredibly … could be brought to life with the help of a helicopter in three days or less.

Just a tad quicker than it took the volcanoes.

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