Breathtaking Architectural Concept for a Cliffside Retreat in Iceland

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By day, designer Alex Hogrefe brings to life the work of architects through illustration. But in his spare time, he creates incredible architectural visualizations of fantastical architecture concepts. Set on the fictional cliffs of Iceland, his new, breathtaking cliff retreat takes his work to another level.

And while it's not the first time we've seen a concept for a cliffside oasis, Hogrefe's architectural visualizations have an unparalleled realism. Carved deep into a cliff, the designer scoured the internet for 50 images of Iceland's landscape in order to create the final, sweeping view of his retreat. Lucky readers of his blog have an insider's look at how his concept architecture takes form, stage by stage.

Hogrefe uses his Photoshop skills to build shockingly lifelike interiors and exteriors, building up levels of detail. For his cliff house interiors, he decided on black and white imagery in order to highlight light and shadow. In contrast to the moody exterior shot, the fictive interiors are filled with light from the enormous picture windows.

Scroll down for more images of Hogrefe's Icelandic retreat, which is one architectural concept we'd love to see come to fruition.

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All images via Alex Hogrefe.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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