Volcano Museum

Mývatn, Iceland

Competition

2019


The human eye captures vision through a conic projection that concentrates on a point inside the lens. The perspective theory approximates this cone of vision by establishing projection lines and a vanishing point to capture an image.

As a place of attentive vision, this proposal for the Iceland Volcano Museum captures and frames the view of Hverfjall Volcano, located a mere 3 km away, in a perspectival manner. This concept allows the museum to showcase a volcano as a permanent exhibit.

Using a satellite image, the sightline from the volcano and the adjacent land was projected to a point at the site. The resulting perspective diagram informed the massing of the architecture. The courtyard captures the view of Hverfjall Volcano and frames it through the wings of the museum.


Precedent: La Perspective Curieuse by Jean François Nicéron.

Iceland Volcano Museum by Robert Cha Architect.
International Architecture Competition.
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www.robertcha.com
Iceland Volcano Museum by Robert Cha Architect.
International Architecture Competition.
© Robert Cha
www.robertcha.com
Iceland Volcano Museum by Robert Cha Architect.
International Architecture Competition.
© Robert Cha
www.robertcha.com
Iceland Volcano Museum by Robert Cha Architect.
International Architecture Competition.
© Robert Cha
www.robertcha.com
Iceland Volcano Museum by Robert Cha Architect.
International Architecture Competition.
© Robert Cha
www.robertcha.com