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The first Costco in Iceland will have a traditional turf roof

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  • Traditional twist Costco will open its first warehouse in Iceland next year. The building's roof will be partially covered with vegetation. Photo/Wikipedia

The American membership-only warehouse club Costco will open its first Icelandic outlet in 2016 in the Reykjavík suburb of Garðabær. The 20,000 square metre large (215278 sq ft) warehouse will include a coffee shop, a tire store, a self-service petrol station, a optometrists and a audiologist's office. According to the National Broadcasting Service, the building’s roof will be partially covered with vegetation, resembling a traditional, Icelandic turf roof.

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THG Architects presented their design for the Garðabær town council yesterday. According to their report, their aim is for the building blend in with its natural surroundings, keeping lava rocks and moss relatively intact.

In 2014 Costco operated 672 warehouses all over the world, including the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, and Spain. 

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