The land of fire and ice renders luxury difficult, and while most hotels in Iceland harness a rustic style, the Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel takes classy comfort to a new level: simple crème-de-la-crème beauty with a sustainable icing.
Award winning L.A.-based design studio Minarc completed the Ion Hotel in 2013, located just an hour’s drive from the city of Reykjavik. The firm brought to life the vision of hotel owner Sigurlaug Sverrisdottir, former cabin-crew member, and her husband Halldor Hafsteinsson, who previously held the position of CFO at the same Icelandic airline.
The hotel’s low carbon footprint, water-saving showers, organic fair-trade bedding and furniture built of sustainable materials allowed the structure to receive the 2014 World Boutique Hotel Award for Europe’s best sustainable boutique hotel, among many other awards.
Only a few years later and the Ion’s twin hotel welcomes guests within the city of Reykjavik. In March 2017, before the city version of the Ion reached completion, Minarc architect Erla Dogg Ingjaldsdottir and Sigurlaug Sverrisdottir opened the doors and offered a tour to ArchiExpo e-Magazine:
“You’re the first one to walk on this carpet,” Sigurlaug Sverrisdottir said.