Crystalline Glass Pavilion Camouflages Into Serene Greenland Landscape

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Swedish architect Konstantin Ikonomidis finds a way to merge a man-made design into a serene landscape. He created a crystalline pavilion along a trail in western Greenland, which overlooks two conjoining fjords. Commissioned by the Qeqqata municipality, the subtle design “celebrates and promotes the intangible Inuit heritage and knowledge of the environment.”

Qaammat pavilion is installed in Sarfannguit, a cultural landscape of Greenland and a UNESCO World Heritage site. “The choice for the site was guided by a strong desire to respect nature and find a balance within the extraordinary landscape,” explains Ikonomidis. “The pavilion seeks to embrace a sensitivity towards nature instilled in the local culture, and establishes a subtle presence by blurring the physical boundary between man-made structure and the natural terrain and landscape.”

The transparent structure draws inspiration from Arctic light and features a see-through glass shell with two narrow openings for visitors to enter. Its exterior is made up of numerous solid-cast bricks which both merge the edifice with the surroundings and alter the viewer's perspective when looking through the structure. “There is an immense sense of power in this natural landscape, yet it also reminds us of nature’s vulnerability,” Ikonomidis continues. “The concept of using glass as a building material ‘anchored’ in the rock translates this sensibility. Glass was chosen for its palpability, its ability to highlight transparency; it camouflages the building and delineates the landscape—the pavilion inserts its presence but remains almost invisible.”

As the landscape changes through the seasons, the pavilion will also transform. “The pavilion is imagined as a canvas, which will come alive through reflecting the color palette of its surroundings—sun, snow, the different seasons, and reflections of the buildings visitors.” Consequently, as time passes, this construction will absorb and display a multitude of diverse experiences.

You can learn more about Ikonomidis' creative practice by visiting his website and following him on Instagram.

Swedish architect Konstantin Ikonomidis installed a transparent pavilion in Sarfannguit, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Greenland.

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Known as Qaammat pavilion, this structure is intended to blend in with its surroundings.

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

Qaammat Pavilion in Greenland by Konstantin Ikonomidis

Konstantin Ikonomidis, Qaammat Pavilion, Sarfannguit, Greenland, 2021. (Photo: Julien Lanoo)

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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