Huldafolk ‘hidden people’ in the Icelandic tradition live under hills, in rocks and behind waterfalls. They occupy a parallel life to ours, and have the ability to see into the future. Whether it was sorcery, or man’s ignorance of the balance of nature, Icelanders have been left with the legacy of an island, once richly vegetated, now little more than barren. This intervention has endangered human existence and compromises the Icelanders’ independence. Our understanding of the environment is far more comprehensive than it was in the days of the early settlers. We can now re-address the balance of nature, creating the foundation of a sustainable existence.The destruction of woodland was caused by the building of dwellings and boats and the need for fuel. The most remedial solution for the fight against soil erosion is afforestation.
The greenhouse provides a system for the cultivation of the young trees until they are ready to be planted into the harsh landscape. The trees form part of a man-made landscape, brought about by the fight against soil erosion, expressing architectural and sculptural aspects of the landscape, adding volume and texture.
The infrastructure from the greenhouse is left over when the task is complete. All elements of this exercise are either relocated, or utilised for alternative human inhabitation.