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
Courtesy of Studio Granda
Courtesy of Studio Granda

H71a was a shop adjacent to the timber house at Hverfisgata 71. In 2001 Studio Granda converted the house into a studio, office and archive for photographer Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson. The shop, that had an unsound structure, was left vacant.

Turninn / PK Arkitektar

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
© Hedi Kairouannais
© Hedi Kairouannais

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

B25 House / PK Arkitektar

01:00 - 2 April, 2014
© 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 © 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
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. 

Pixel Cloud Installation / UNSTABLE

01:00 - 13 April, 2013
© 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
© Torfi Agnarsson
© Torfi Agnarsson

© 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
© Hallgrimur P Helgasson
© Hallgrimur P Helgasson
  • Architects

  • Location

    Reykjavik, Iceland
  • In Collaboration With

    Chris Jordan, Thessia Machado, NoaYounse, Andrea Dart, Steven Tsai, Coco Karol, AzmiMertErdem and Raghul Sridharan.
  • Concept And Art Direction

    Marcos Zotes
  • Technical Direction

    Chris Jordan 
Artists: Marcos Zotes, Chris Jordan, Thessia Machado, Noa Younse, Andrea Dart, Steven T sai
  • Project Management

    Marcos Zotes, Gerður Sveinsdóttir
  • Choreography and Dance Performance

    Coco Karol
  • Video graphy

    AzmiMert Erdem
  • Special Effects

    Raghul Sridharan
  • Music

    For a Minor Reflection
  • Project Title

    “Rafmögnuð Náttúra”
  • Photographs

    Hallgrimur P Helgasson, Ragnar Th Sigurðsson, Kristjan Söebeck, Pétur Már Gunnarsson, Björn Lúdviksson, Jón Óskar Hauksson, Enki, Roman Gerasymenko

© 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
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
© 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 © Rafael Pinho +12

Hringbraut bridge / Studio Granda

01:00 - 6 April, 2009
  • Architects

  • Location

    Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Architects

    Studio Granda
  • Structural Engineers

    Línuhönnun
  • Landscape Architects

    Landslag
  • Client

    City of Reykjavík / Public Roads Administration
  • Contractor

    Eykt

Hringbraut bridge / Studio Granda Hringbraut bridge / Studio Granda Hringbraut bridge / Studio Granda Hringbraut bridge / Studio Granda +10

Laugalaekjarskoli secondary school extension / Studio Granda

01:00 - 3 March, 2009
  • 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

Laugalaekjarskoli secondary school extension / Studio Granda Laugalaekjarskoli secondary school extension / Studio Granda Laugalaekjarskoli secondary school extension / Studio Granda Laugalaekjarskoli secondary school extension / Studio Granda +15