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Hotel in Reykjavik : Iceland Architecture Competition

Reykjavik Hotel Building, Ingolfstorg, Kvosin design by OOIIO Architecture

7 May 2012

Location: Iceland

Design: OOIIO Architecture

Submission for an international ideas competition to build a Hotel in Iceland

Reykjavik Hotel

In Reykjavik, Iceland capital they wanted to build a big new hotel in Ingolfstorg, a public existing plaza in Kvosin, the city historical center, very close to the Iceland Parliament.

Hotel in Reykjavik

Hotel in Reykjavik

The program was asking for a way too big building that couldn´t work well with the existing city pattern. There are no big buildings on this area.

Hotel in Reykjavik: Iceland Architecture Competition

OOIIO Architecture team decided to break the big hotel into 2 hotels. This decision make all the program to work much better, not only because the size of the buildings is more suitable with the historical center, also because the client could build now the buildings in different phases, and if he wants, use building A as a 5 stars hotel and building B as a 4 stars hotel, so the scheme is more flexible for its economical benefits.

Hotel in Reykjavik: Iceland Architecture Competition

Ingolfstorg, is an existing public plaza in Reykjavik, which needs to be recycled. There are several bars, restaurants and shops, but it is looking a bit neglected. The area, with a great location, definitely needs a clean-up. Building a new interesting hotel over there could help on that. Unfortunately, the brief was asking to occupy most of Ingolfstorg open public space, and the city was going to lose this open area forever.

Hotel in Reykjavik: Iceland Architecture Competition

OOIIO Architecture decided to combine the client requirements of building enough hotel space and facilities to get good economical benefits from it, and to provide new and interesting public areas to not loose public square meters for the city.

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The proposal is a combination of a good and functional hotels, restaurants and shops, mixed with very contemporary public areas, opened to the city of Reykjavik, looking forward to become a new city attraction. This combinati on public + hotel and commercial will definitely become a great profit for both, city and the hotel developer client.

All the 130 hotel rooms have natural light and ventilation, and public areas, street level and roof are well combined with commercial spaces.

To att ract even more public to this new building-open space, OOIIO Architecture decided to design a light-patio installation on the center of the main building, that combined with the ground excavation, generates a great contemporary space able to be used as a cultural platf orm for the local or internati onal artist, where they can project any kind of light performance. It will become a space similar to what it is now Times Square for New York or Piccadilly Circus to London, but in a new format and on a adequate scale to Reykjavik.

The lower level on this public space can be used as an open theater, with restaurants, shops and the hotel lobby facing it, and from it the people can take panoramic escalators that take them all the way up to the public sculptural hotel roof, where they can get a new panoramic view from all Kvosin central Reykjavik area. All the interventi on will became very quick as a new touristic attraction, transforming the neglected existi ng plaza, into the best possible locati on for the new hotels and the existing commercial surroundings.

The hotel façade wants to indicate the singularity of the buildings and is inspired in traditi onal Icelandic bread. It creates a double skin for the buildings that unify all the intervention, providing movement and texture at the same time that it protects from direct sun radiation inside.

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Reykjavik Architecture Competition – Building Information

Project Title: Hotel in Reykjavik
Client: Reykjavik Municipality
Architect: OOIIO Architecture
Site area: 6,000 m2
Gross Floor area: 4,700 m2
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Status: Design Phase
Design Team: Joaquín Millán Villamuelas, Belén Gómez Mendiguchía, Javier Urruti a Sanchez, Kristi nn R. Ólafsson, Gema López March, Marta Cacho Guinea

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