Hyde architects
Hyde + Hyde News – August


This month the studio developed a design for a temporary and transportable refuge for hikers in Iceland.

The title of our proposal Vegvísir symbolises protection. It was believed that the wearer of this symbol wouldn’t get lost and would always find their way home. The plan of the cabins references the cross circular geometry of the Vegvisir symbol, a late medieval bind-rune that was a magic sigil to prevent the bearer from getting “lost in the storm”. This sets the tone for the significance and importance of the cabins in Norse mythology and its ambition as a place of safety, refuge and shelter.

In response we looked to create an object that held within its iconography a deep symbolic connection with the culture of Iceland.