"These buildings are a miracle. ... Our winters are very dark and trees don't grow as fast. ... People had to rely on driftwood from Russia and Scandinavia. ... The path to modernity that Europe took 200 to 300 years to achieve, we leaped through in 20 to 30 years. ... We moved from the turf houses into modern houses in one jump."
Arkitekten Hildigunnur Sverrisdóttir i CNN om isländska torvhus.