Boasting the view of an active volcano, this elegant abode on the outskirts of Reykjavík has been modernized in its look, adding a contemporary classic esprit.

The displayed abode underwent a complete makeover in 2019, carried out by the Icelandic interior designer Sæbjörg Gu›jónsdóttir in partnership with the owners. It is located in a quiet and elegant district, near the Reykjavíkinternational airport, about forty kilometres from the capital of Iceland.

We are in one of the most interesting countries of all Europe for its special environmental features and unspoilt landscapes, which are still partly wild. The building was erected in 1980 and designed by architect Kjartan Sveinsson, famous for having designed several houses and residences throughout the island.

The whole architectural structure covers an area of about 440 sqm, over two floors. When the sky is clear, from the residence we can see an active volcano and admire the power of nature.

The entrance represents the starting point of the amazing staircase leading upstairs and is accessible from the garage too. Beyond that, there are five bedrooms with three bathrooms, a kitchen/dining room, a living room, a playroom and a further area where the whole family gathers.


We asked the young interior designer Sæbjörg Gu›jónsdóttir if during the general renovation carried out three years ago, the layout of the building was somehow changed. “The original living path was excellent, and we decided not to remove any walls.

However, we have renewed every element: floors, ceilings, lighting systems, all the wardrobes, the bathrooms, the kitchen and the laundry room. Both the original stairs and the fireplace have been left untouched.”

The walls highlight warm and soft tones, such as to give a discreet and elegant allure to each room. The floor was made of oak, the wardrobes are in oak as well but stained in a dark shade, equipped with black Viefe handles and knobs; all table tops are by Silestone, while the tiles in the bathrooms are by Marazzi.


In one of the bathrooms, a large bathtub dominates the scene, almost a contemporary remake of oldfashioned models, so popular in the past centuries. Moreover, a rug gives the right warmth and a touch of glamour to the sinuous stairs leading upstairs.

The wrought iron railing with decorative heart-shaped leaves that accompany all the steps is very romantic. Concerning the selection of furniture and accessories, Saebjörg told us that the landlords already had all pieces, and she helped them select the chandeliers.

She also pointed out: “I arranged their family furniture and original works of art, and I added a rug in the living room.”

Project by architect Kjartan Sveinsson - Interior designer: Sæbjörg Gu›jónsdóttir - Photography by Gudfinna Magnúsdóttir - Written by Teobaldo Fortunato

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