Nýpurhyrna is a collection of cultural events in West Iceland, in the rebuilt old farmhouse in Nýp on Skarðsströnd and its vicinity. The aim is to elevate the arts, literature, history and nature of the area, all in close collaboration with local and visiting individuals and organizations. Nýpurhyrna´s aim is to contribute with cultural and artistic projects in order to encourage new work and innovation in the region and beyond. With it´s varied projects Nýpurhyrna aims to draw attention to the innate quality of the area and its potential. This has been done in a number of ways; through activating sites and places and indicating the untapped potential of the area; by activating buildings which would otherwise have remained empty but have now gained a new purpose (Art Exhibition project Dalir and hólar), by awakening interest in local cultural heritage (seminars and lectures), through collaboration with locals and outsiders (in the arts, culture and receiving guests) and by encouraging innovation in the use of the local resources (seaweed seminars, growing organic vegetable, sustainable use of wild herbs).One of the key tasks this year is a collaboration with StudioBua to design of an extension to the old house. The newly enlarged building will make it possible to receive a greater number of guests and to host participants of seminars in addition to offering extended stays at Nyp.
StudioBua´s design has been developed in close partnership with the owners of Nýp. The new building is in the spirit of the reconstruction of the old house; the design of the new spaces has been developed with great care, from the vibrant render of the exterior to the wrought iron balustrade inside. The design work is based on S. Sumarlidadottir´s MSC research project on the architectural heritage of the area which she made in the Technical University in Delft in 2010. The project which will now be built has had time to change and evolve according to the experience of the designers and owners.