Minarc is an award-winning Santa Monica-based design studio that specializes in modern, innovative and sustainable architecture and design.
Principals Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir Assoc. AIA and IIDA, and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson Assoc. AIA, hail from Iceland and take inspiration from the pure, austere beauty of their home country for all of their projects.
Founded by the duo in 1999, Minarc (the name is a play on "minimalism in architecture").
Projects range from new construction to renovations; residential as well as commercial. All projects share an emphasis on blurring the line between indoors and out through the use of abundant natural light, outdoor living spaces, and framed views of nature. Innovation in use of materials is another hallmark of Minarc's designs. Warm, natural materials such as walnut, birch and ipé are combined with cement panels, pebble stones and recycled tires.
"we belive in minimal and playful designs which brings out the elemental beauty in the materials."