Gunnar Sverrisson photographer & Giorgio Possenti photographer.
“The Retreat” is the new space that welcomes guests looking for relaxation and the benefits of the mineral-rich water of the Blue Lagoon, a UNESCO Global Geopark in Iceland.
The building’s layout is based on an in-depth geomorphological study of the rifts and crevices that make up this volcanic landscape and the construction materials have been chosen to blend with the colours and textures of the landscape. The lighting concept developed by Guðjón L. Sigurðsson is based on concentrated cones of light and an intimate atmosphere. The lighting levels are carefully controlled and many of the products used were chosen because of their Comfort and Super Comfort optics and special Warm Dimming features that allow the light intensity to be reduced while simultaneously warming the colour temperature. All this has been done to create “Human Centric Light”.
Most of the luminaires have been built into the architecture or furnishings, a decision that required constant collaboration between Liska, the Basalt studio, and Design Group Italia, that is to say, the lighting designer, the architect, and the interior designer.