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What if structures emerge straight from the earth's crust and if the buildings of the future are created from the materials that are available, transformed by the energy and resources that can be found in their immediate environment? How do the most natural structures on Earth look like? Lavaforming is a story of a future society that has managed to harness lava flow and found ways to use it as a building material. During the time of Snorri Sturluson, when Reykjanes last erupted, a volcanic eruption must have been an otherwordly event. In our story, placed in 2150, we have harnessed the lava flow, just as we did with steam power 200 years earlier in Iceland. We look back at history for events that influenced development, but the goal with our story is to show that architecture can be the force that rethinks and shapes a new future. A lava flow can contain enough building material for the foundations of an entire city to rise in a matter of weeks without harmful mining and non-renewable energy generation. Lavaforming casts a light on how a local threat is transformed into a resource that addresses a global emergency.

The project SUBSURFACE - CONVECTION brings together two projects related to the ecosystem of lava on both micro and macro scale. Lavaforming is the architecture of a technologically advanced society that has abandoned profit maximization and is therefore free to explore solutions to the building material crisis of the world.
  Grugg og Makk's project deals with microorganisms that are mostly hidden from our view, although all-encompassing. They play a key role in the earth's ecosystems and thrive in the most unlikely of places in some of the most difficult conditions that exist.  Lava flow has shaped the landscape for billions of years, but in human times lava has been a destructive force.       Microorganisms are the first to colonize new lava and lay the foundation for a new ecosystem, but in this project humans also participate in its formation. Exhibition during Design March 2022 in Reykjavík, Iceland. 


Hallgerðargata 19-23 is a terraced apartment building on 4 to 6 floors with 52 elegant apartments of various sizes, as well as retail spaces on the ground floor.  The building has a beautiful courtyard square that faces southeast and is sheltered by the building to the north from the sea. There is a magnificent view from the upper floors of the building to the southeast, over the green and  the outdoor recreation area of Laugardalur. The cladding of the building is a custom design for the house and treated with a method that creates an interesting irregularity on its surface, as well as the shape and composition of the units that gives the building a unique look.  The aluminum in the cladding is recycled and since the cladding is not painted but anodised, it is very simple to recycle it again.


Competiton entry for a firestation in Oslo, Norway.