Unique architecture in magnificent surroundings
The Hekla Center at Leirubakki is in a 500-square-foot building specially designed and built for its offerings: the Hekla Exhibition, conference facilities, and restaurant. The old farmsite is incorporated into the building’s architecture and the area’s natural materials are used in its construction. Lava rocks from Hekla were used in its construction outside and in. The proximity of the volcano underlines this unique relationship between nature and architecture. The building is built into and between the lava field and surface of the earth, with Icelandic lava is used as a covering, so that upon arrival at the Hekla Center visitors meet high lava walls with door-windows cut into stone, bringing alive the old folk saying that guests “walk into cliffs” when they enter a house.
Upon entering the part of the building housing the exhibition, one seemingly goes underground, into a cave beneath the the volcano’s lava fields. Visitors follow the building’s natural form through the exhibition, which tells the story of Hekla in many different ways through centuries past, explaining the nature of the eruptions. Visitors experience the eruptions in a unique way, and modern computer technology plays a large part in creating both lava flows and magma craters. The centerpiece of the entire exhibition is Hekla itself, shown in all its power.
Both the exhibition and restaurant have incomparable views of Hekla.
The building was designed by EON-architects. Icelandic Prime Contractor constructed the building and Viđur ehf did all of its interiors.