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Brutalist beauty with indoor pool hits market in Iceland

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It was designed by Iceland’s first female architect

Interior shot of main floor looking toward dining area, with lounge on the left side and a conversation pit with massive concrete fireplace on the other and a concrete stairwell dividing the two spaces.
This brutalist home has everything.
Photos via MBL

A remarkable brutalist home, seemingly untouched, has come on the market—in Reykjavík, Iceland. Although details are slim (and are gleaned from a rudimentary Google translation, with the listing photos doing most of the talking), what we know is that the incredible concrete structure was designed by Högna Sigurðardóttir, a leading Icelandic architect, in 1963.

After studying at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris (as the first Icelander to do so, no less), she returned to Iceland and designed a residence in the Westman Islands, becoming the first woman to design a building in Iceland.

The one currently for sale measures 307 square meters, or just over 3,300 square feet, on two floors. The main living area, located on the upper level, comprises a surprising layout that includes a sitting area with a built-in concrete bench attached to the side of a stairwell, a massive concrete hearth and a fashionable brick-laid conversation pit in front of it, a dining area, a charming wooden kitchen accented by a red-sided island, three bedrooms, and a bathroom.

More delights await on the ground floor, which can be accessed by the aforementioned stairwell in the living room, as well as by a spiral staircase by the conversation pit. In addition to a twin fireplace, there’s also a wild indoor swimming grotto of sorts, with a pool and shower stalls, as well as several other rooms, and access to a garage converted into a recreational hall.

Other features include full-height windows and sliding glass doors that open onto balconies on the second floor, and an expansive rooftop terrace offering panoramic views of the city. In addition to concrete, tiles, wood, stucco, and brick make up the building materials.

The costs are listed as two categories: “land registry” for 84,000,000 ISK (approximately $806,500), and “fire appraisal” for 76,650,000 ISK (about $735,000). If anyone can parse the meaning of the two figures, please comment below.