Building a house over a lava field sounds like risky business, and it is. However, Arkibúllan Arkitektar manages to find a balance between conservative and adventurous in the design of Brekkuskógur Cottages. Designed for the BHM Icelandic Academic Association, the cottage accommodate a group of eight people in the sub-artic plains. The poured concrete and wooden construction adhere to strictly orthogonal compositions; however, the intersection of doorframes with windows, and lintels with columns, create unique spaces from the volumetric additions and subtractions. A cool palette appropriate to the weather conditions dictates the interior design, though the basaltic greystone columns and birch timber cladding receive a pop of color through the occasional plum-painted walls.