Turninn / PK Arkitektar

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Architects: PK Arkitektar
Location: Reykjavik,
Design Team: Pálmar Kristmundsson, Fernando de Mendonça, Dagni Wiest, Leonardo Colucci, Helge Garke, Thórsteinn Geirharðsson
Area: 23,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Hedi Kairouannais, Rafael Pinho, Helge Garke

B25 House / PK Arkitektar

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Architects: PK Arkitektar
Location: Reykjavik,
Design Team: Pálmar Kristmundsson, Fernando de Mendonça, Anja Schröter and Andrew Burgess
Area: 457 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Rafael Pinho

Árborg House / PK Arkitektar

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Architects: PK Arkitektar
Location: ,
Area: 256 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Rafael Pinho

Ion Hotel / Minarc

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Architects: Minarc
Location:
Design Team: Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir
Year: 2013
Photographs: Art Gray, Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson, Torfi Agnarrson, Kristbjorg Sigurjonsdottir

Harpa Concert Hall wins the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

Winner / Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Courtesy of

Harpa, the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre in , is the winner of the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation announced today. Designed by Henning Larsen Architects, Batteríið Architects and Studio Olafur Eliasson the building has helped to transform and revitalise Reykjavik harbour and brought the city and harbour district closer together.  The ‘Emerging Architect Special Mention’ award goes to María Langarita and Víctor Navarro for the Nave de Música Matadero (Red Bull Music Academy) in Madrid, Spain. The award ceremony will take place on 7 June at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, coinciding with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the prize. More information after the break.

Pixel Cloud Installation / UNSTABLE

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Designed and directed by based architect Marcos Zotes and his studio UNSTABLE, their Pixel Cloud installation is the winning competition entry for the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival 2013, organized by Höfuðborgarstofa, Orkusalan and the Iceland Design Center. The installation creates an opportunity for Icelanders to reconsider the use and management of their urban public spaces. With the current financial situation leaving a permanent landscape of obsolete scaffolding structures scattered across the city, this has resulted in urban scars that remind us of the fragility of their current society. This installation takes advantage of this condition by transforming an ordinary scaffolding structure into a fully immersive environment of light and sound in the heart of . More images and architects’ description after the break.

Culture Center / Arkitema Architects

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Architects: Arkitema Architects
Location: Akureyri,
Design Team: Arkitema and Arkthing
Client: Akureyri Municipality and the Icekandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
Area: 7,400 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Akitema

Vigdis Languages Center Proposal / OOIIO Architecture

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Designed for the “Vigdis Foundation”, the Languages Center aims to be a rational building, where modulation is a key aspect. Designed by OOIIO Architecture, there is no architectural excess that might increase the budget, but quite singular and special at the same time, comfortable for users and interesting enough to get the pedestrians attention. Built to host exhibitions, a cinema-theater, café, library, and more, the construction of the building is efficient, quick and with a rational materials use. More images and architects’ description after the break.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Sigur Rós – Varúð by Ryan McGingley

As part of the ‘Valtari’ Mystery film experiment of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós, the video for Varúð was released few days ago. Directed by Ryan McGingley, it shows in a magnificent way as we architects would like to move around.

In his own words… “this piece is my poem to New York City. I wanted to bring a childhood innocence to the streets, through a character whose own light and wonder effects the world around her. I’m always interested in an atmosphere where dreams and reality mingle on equal terms.”

Ice House / Minarc

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Architects: Minarc
Location: Reykjavik,
Design Team: Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,500 sq ft
Photographs: Torfi Agnarsson

AD Round Up: Architecture in Iceland

© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson

If Eyjafjallajökull volcano and Björk sound familiar to you, probably you know something about the amazing Iceland. So for today’s AD Round Up we have our first selection dedicated to this secluded country architecture. In the main image is Snaefellsstofa Visitor Center by ARKÍS architects. Check out the interesting Geothermal Pump Stations designed by or the Hof Residence by Studio Granda, a house located in Skagafjörður fjord, less than 100km from the Arctic Circle. Look again at Superstring, a proposal for a new type of structure for the high-voltage electric transmission in Iceland from korean architect Yong ho Shin. Finally revisit the impressive Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre by Henning Larsen Architects & .

Stöðin / Krads

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Architects: Krads
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 4.84 sqm
Photographs: Kristinn Magnússon

Female Prison / OOIIO Architecture

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Based on natural light, open spaces and greenery such as peat, grass and flowers, the proposal by OOIIO Architecture for the Female Prison in dismisses the dark spaces, small cells and grey concrete walls typical of a traditional prison. The construction will be economical and efficient while not giving off the appearance of a typical penitentiary and increasing a sense of freedom. More images and architects’ description after the break.

VillaLóla / ARKÍS architects

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Architects: ARKÍS architects
Location: Akureyri,
Size: 128 sqm
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy ARKÍS architects

Rafmognud Nattura / Marcos Zotes

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-based architect and artist Marcos Zotes, together with his multidisciplinary team of collaborators, transformed the largest church in Iceland, Hallgrímskirkja Church, into a spectacular and interactive light installation titled “RAFMÖGNUÐ NÁTTÚRA”. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Video: Harpa Concert Hall / Henning Larsen Architects and Olafur Eliasson

Designed by Henning Larsen Architects and Batteriid Architects, the Harpa Concert Hall was one of the finalists for Building of the Year. On the border between land and sea, the Center stands out as a large, radiant sculpture reflecting both sky and harbor space as well as the vibrant life of the city. This is all very elegantly represented in Pedro Kok‘s video which gives us more insight to the building from multiple viewpoints.

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects
Locations: Reykjavik,
Client: Austurnhofn TR – East Harbour Project Ltd.
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 28,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

Icelandic Institute of Natural History / ARKÍS architects

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Architects: ARKÍS architects
Location: ,
Project area: 3,500 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: ARKÍS architects, Vigfus Birgisson