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Quadratura Circuli Aim to Revive Russian Religious Architecture with Cultural Center in Reykjavik

10:30 - 22 June, 2016
Quadratura Circuli Aim to Revive Russian Religious Architecture with Cultural Center in Reykjavik, Courtesy of Cuadratura Circuli
Courtesy of Cuadratura Circuli

Religious architecture in Russia, arguably, remains backward-looking. With the Soviet Union’s anti-religious stance in the 20th century, religious architecture found little opportunity to grow. Russian architect, Philip Yakubchuk argues that only recently has religious Russian architecture begun “learning to walk again” as it discovers its once-rich history. Quadratura Circuli, a trio of young Russian designers Daniil Makarov, Ivan Zemlyakov, and Yakubchuk, are eager to move beyond the image of St Basil’s Cathedral—seeking to revitalize and create a new image of Russian religious architecture for the 21st century.

The group’s Latin name translates to “Squaring the Circle” which is a metaphor used to describe a task that is believed to be impossible—a striking name for a group dedicated entirely to “designing temples for the people of today.” However, with their proposal for a Russian Orthodox Cultural Center in Reykjavik, Iceland, Cuadratura Circuli demonstrates that it is not impossible to link the art of the past and the culture of the present.

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Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Explores Reykjavík's "Growing Success"

04:00 - 28 August, 2015

For this week's The UrbanistMonocle 24's "guide to making better cities," Andrew Tuck and David Plaisant broadcast a Reykjavík special with a series of reports from the Icelandic capital. They explore how this city marks its spot on the world map, looking at its high-quality new museums alongside its growing cultural and culinary scene. With around one million tourists visiting the city last year, th Reykjavík is experiencing a boom in popularity — which some describe as "maybe too much". With only around 300,000 inhabitants, Monocle 24 asks how the world's most northerly capital is coping with this growing success.

H71a / Studio Granda

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
H71a / Studio Granda, Courtesy of Studio Granda
Courtesy of Studio Granda

© Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson © Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson © Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson © Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson +31

Turninn / PK Arkitektar

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
Turninn / PK Arkitektar, © Hedi Kairouannais
© Hedi Kairouannais
  • Architects

  • Location

    Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Design Team

    Pálmar Kristmundsson, Fernando de Mendonça, Dagni Wiest, Leonardo Colucci, Helge Garke, Thórsteinn Geirharðsson
  • Area

    23000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Helge Garke +12

B25 House / PK Arkitektar

01:00 - 2 April, 2014
B25 House / PK Arkitektar, © Rafael Pinho
© Rafael Pinho
  • Architects

  • Location

    Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Design Team

    Pálmar Kristmundsson, Fernando de Mendonça, Anja Schröter and Andrew Burgess
  • Consultants

    Conís Verkfræðiráðgjöf, Verkhönnun
  • Area

    457.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho +14

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

00:00 - 29 April, 2013
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 Henning Larsen Architects
Winner / Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

Harpa, the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Iceland, 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

01:00 - 13 April, 2013
Pixel Cloud Installation / UNSTABLE, © Marcos Zotes
© Marcos Zotes

Designed and directed by Iceland 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 Reykjavík. More images and architects' description after the break.

Vigdis Languages Center Proposal / OOIIO Architecture

11:00 - 29 January, 2013
Courtesy of OOIIO Architecture
Courtesy of OOIIO Architecture

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.

Ice House / Minarc

01:00 - 30 July, 2012
Ice House / Minarc, © Torfi Agnarsson
© Torfi Agnarsson
  • Architects

  • Location

    Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Area

    0.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Torfi Agnarsson © Torfi Agnarsson © Torfi Agnarsson © Torfi Agnarsson +8

Female Prison / OOIIO Architecture

07:00 - 18 June, 2012
Courtesy of OOIIO Architecture
Courtesy of OOIIO Architecture

Based on natural light, open spaces and greenery such as peat, grass and flowers, the proposal by OOIIO Architecture for the Female Prison in Iceland 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.

Rafmognud Nattura / Marcos Zotes

01:00 - 17 April, 2012
Rafmognud Nattura / Marcos Zotes, © Hallgrimur P Helgasson
© Hallgrimur P Helgasson

© Ragnar Th Sigurðsson © Kristjan Söebeck © Pétur Már Gunnarsson © Björn Lúdviksson +17

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

04:00 - 12 March, 2012

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.

Geothermal Pump Stations / PK Arkitektar

01:00 - 20 November, 2010
Geothermal Pump Stations / PK Arkitektar, Courtesy of PK Arkitektar
Courtesy of PK Arkitektar
  • Architects

  • Location

    Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Design Team

    Pálmar Kristmundsson and Björn Skaptason
  • Consultants

    Fjarhitun Engineers
  • Area

    14.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of PK Arkitektar

Courtesy of PK Arkitektar Courtesy of PK Arkitektar Courtesy of PK Arkitektar Courtesy of PK Arkitektar +14

In Progress: Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center / Henning Larsen Architects

17:00 - 2 July, 2010

Armann Sports Club / PK Arkitektar

01:00 - 13 October, 2009
Armann Sports Club / PK Arkitektar, © Rafael Pinho
© Rafael Pinho
  • Architects

  • Location

    Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Architects

    PK Arkitektar ehf
  • Design Team

    Pálmar kristmundsson and Andrew Burgess
  • Consultants

    Conis Engineers / VGK Engineers / RTLS Engineers / Línuhönnun Engineers
  • Client

    Reykjavík City / Ármann
  • Area

    7725.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho +12

Hringbraut bridge / Studio Granda

01:00 - 6 April, 2009
Hringbraut bridge / Studio Granda
  • Architects

  • Location

    Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Architects

    Studio Granda
  • Structural Engineers

    Línuhönnun
  • Landscape Architects

    Landslag
  • Client

    City of Reykjavík / Public Roads Administration
  • Contractor

    Eykt

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Laugalaekjarskoli secondary school extension / Studio Granda

01:00 - 3 March, 2009
Laugalaekjarskoli secondary school extension / Studio Granda
  • Architects

  • Location

    Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Architects

    Studio Granda
  • Structural Engineers

    VSÓ
  • Electrical Engineers

    VJÍ
  • Service Engineers

    VGK
  • Client

    City of Reykjavík
  • Contractor

    Trésmiðjan Borg
  • Project Year

    2004

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