This is the ION Adventure Hotel in Iceland. It is the type of luxury boutique hotel I'm most comfortable in. No over-the- top dressed bellman, no porte-couchere lined with exotic cars, no crowded interior lobby spaces with frantic business travelers trying to impress. This Icelandic space welcomes you in like your cool architect friend's modern home you wish was yours. It's quiet like a contemporary museum, not in a “don’t touch the art” kind of way, but in a peaceful “welcome to a space all about design” kind of way.
The 45 room boutique hotel was designed by Erla Dögg and Tryggvi, an Icelandic born and raised architect couple based in Santa Monica, California. Minarc specializes in creative, minimalistic, residential and commercial spaces. Their portfolio of work is beyond stunning.
In addition to designing the ION, the couple owns and founded the company that framed the structure. The project was built using mnmMOD prefabricated panels. The panels are made of Cradle to Cradle certified extruded polystryrene and 30% recycled steel with no waste generated in the fabrication process. The panels are energy efficient and save in time and cost, with efficient on-site construction.
Inside, throughout the guest rooms, hallways, restaurant and bar area are carefully curated local art installations. The interior materials reflect Iceland’s natural and local resources like lava, driftwood and recycled rubber. The simple floorplan of the community spaces, restaurant, hallways and intimate rooms line up perfectly for my rectilinear seeking eye, creating a clean visual aesthetic of minimalism.
Structurally, one of my favorite characteristics of the ION's design is how the new addition sits atop concrete pillars hosting the GRAND main attraction, an all glass rectangular bar lounge area with 20ft ceilings and breathtaking views of the magical Icelandic countryside.
I can't say enough good things about Iceland and this thoughtfully designed boutique hotel. We had a wonderful time there and will definitely stay again when we return. Thank you to the talented duo of Escape to Shape who curated our experience and picked the most special place to stay while we enjoyed the wonders of Iceland.
Recently, our friends Kimberly (fellow photographer) and Sean had Liz and I over for drinks and I noticed how much they had updated their loft and said we should photograph it sometime. The photography and lighting nerds that Kimberly and I are, we got together recently to create a few interior photographs.
Back when I photographed real estate listings I shot their loft for the listing agent that Kimberly and Sean purchased from. Since then, they have painted the entire loft, installed a fireplace, updated the kitchen with a new back splash, new counter top and styled the place with modern furniture and art from Kimberly's portfolio and fellow artist friends.
Kimberly is a talented photographer and I encourage you to check out her Instagram feed and web portfolio. She has many beautiful large format prints for sale, like the black and white cityscape seen in a couple of the photos. Sean, her husband is behind some very exciting projects in town. He was one of the founding partners of Industry and is now the developer for the highly anticipated new World Trade Center in RiNo!
Thank you to Kimberly and Sean for hanging out and making some photos of your loft! And as always, thank you for stopping by and checking out my photography. Have a great day!
Gulf Shore Blvd
I just returned to Denver from spending the last week in South West Florida visiting family. It was a great week being back in my old home state and taking in all the humidity! Oh, I love humidity.
I wasn't there to photograph, but did bring my travel camera and captured the architectural lines and details of the many condominium buildings on Gulf Shore Boulevard. Here is a gallery of my favorites.
Short post today. I also made some beautiful, very abstract, sunset and ocean photos that I will post soon. Thank you for checking in and have a great day!
I absolutely love the new Coloradan Art Wall! And this wall doesn't divide or keep people out, it invites you to celebrate our Colorado lifestyle!
East West Partners is promoting its latest project, the Coloradan, artistically, emotionally and beautifully. Missing on the construction site fence are the typical company names and feature filled banners with words like "luxury, high end amenities, etc.."
While the Coloradan will certainly be all those things, East West Partners went for a deeper connection with this promotional art installation. Through a locally sourced, inspiring and beautiful approach, they accurately portray why we make, or should make, Denver our home.
Take a look through my photos of the installation designed by Chris Beatty with Cultivator, a local Denver based creative advertising agency, and ask yourself which ones apply to you. I think my favorite and most defining piece encompassing my life in Colorado is the suitcase handles. It reads "Being a Coloradan means: We're always exploring something new." This is what life is all about for me.