Just outside of Reykjavík, ÖÖD has nestled two of their luxurious glass cabins into the spectacular Nordic landscape. Thanks to a collaboration with Panorama Glass Lodge, visitors can rent out the cabins for a unique holiday stay. The front sleeping areas are wrapped in glass and invite guests to marvel at the surrounding environment while remaining cozy indoors.
“ÖÖD Iceland is a house of transparent glass that allows for next-level stargazing from the comfort of your home and bed,” shares Andreas Tiik, CEO of ÖÖD. “The apocalyptic scenery is a dramatic match—add strong howling winds and the comfort of a warm, homely cabin and you get the perfect out-of-this-world hideaway.”
The rear of the cabin, which contains a sitting area, open kitchen, and bathroom, is clad in thermally modified ash. This wood is not only stable and durable but homey, too. Its rich tones carry into the cabin, as the ash is used both in the flooring and some of the furniture.
ÖÖD aimed to make a cabin that is both comfortable and functional—an aspect that is important for such a small space located in a harsh environment. For instance, the roof windows are made of “warm glass,” which works using electric currents and metal oxides applied to one side of the glass. This allows it to act as the cabin’s main heating, as well as melt ice and snow. Its anti-condensation properties mean that guests will always have a clear view of the sky when lounging in bed.
The open flow of the interior gives a comfortable feel to the cabin, which was a deliberate choice by the designers. “When you live in a small space, it may be tempting to design closed cabinets, throw everything inside, and shut the door,” shares ÖÖD. “But imagine how cold and closed off this space would look if the dishes, pots, knives, picture frames, etc were hidden behind cabinets.”
But that doesn’t mean that the cabin lacks storage. Drawers below the bed provide plenty of space for guests to stash their clothes, and the cabinets have been designed to accommodate luggage so no one will trip over their suitcase. Lastly, those who crave privacy or want to block light during the summer months—when it doesn’t get dark outside—will be able to do so. There are curtains around the bed just for that purpose.
Both of the 236-square-foot cabins, which also have an outdoor hot tub, can be booked through Panorama Glass Lodge.