As if there were no rain on the Faroe Islands. All too typical: When you actually need something, like pouring rain on an archipelago that’s sort of the homeland of rain, it’s not available. Fallback option: We create our own rain.
Eyðun Eliasen brings on the water hose. He’s standing outside, I’m staying in his living kitchen-area. Runs! At this very moment, the poetical element of his architecture becomes blatantly obvious. Well-aimed drops of water run down huge panes of glass, performing a delicate ballet of beads.
To my mind, that’s exactly what makes Eyðun’s architecture so special: its poetic diction. Good architecture, like good poetry, is implacably precise. It not only requires an idea of what the architect wants to express, but also consistent implementation. In order to move our hearts, every artistic statement needs a proper foundation. The same is true for architecture.
The house Eyðun has designed for himself and his family is overlooking much of the Faroese capital Tórshavn. A project that, from the very beginning, forced him to deal with much more than cardinal directions, floor plans, material selection and cost control. Eyðun has also built a house on expectations, emotions and lifetime wishes. His wife, lawyer Rúna F. Guttesen, the girls Eydna and Bára; each family member has been involved.
It took Eyðun six months to do all the drawing and to build the final architectural model, before the construction work finally started. Like a poet, an architect needs to come up with a well-defined overall meter pattern. Otherwise, his ideas will not survive the transition from brainchild to reality. Eyðun succeeded. He made his family’s dream come true.
The result: certainly something to be proud of. A house that perfectly suits everyone’s needs. Just the right combination of space, form, structure, function, interior design and poetic power. Like: Drops of water performing a ballet of beads on a glassy stage. Sunshine, snow, storm and heavy rain. „We wanted to be able to experience all seasons – from the inside of the building“, Eyðun explains. Are you ready for some poetic architecture and a house tour in Tórshavn? Take off your shoes and come along.