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27 Feb 2014
Ice House in Iceland
Design: MINARC, architects
Ice House Iceland 1
image from architecture office
Ice House
The design intent embodies Iceland’s respect for the environment, while many countries promote sustainable building; this is our heritage–our national ethos. Implements mnmMOD, a new construction technique developed by Minarc. This modular building system brings the economy and waste-reduction of pre-fab to the elegance and infinite possibility of custom design.

29 Jan 2014
Reykjavik Industrial Development
Design: Felixx with JVantSpijker
Reykjavik Industrial Seaside
image from architects practice
Reykjavik Industrial Seaside
Two Rotterdam based offices jvantspijker and Felixx will design the new redevelopment plan of an industrial seaside area in Reykjavik, Iceland. The firms have won the first prize through an invited two-stage competition. The plan consists of 110.000 square meters of mixed use program, including four hundred new dwellings.

Iceland Buildings in 2010 to 2013

7 May 2012
Hotel in Reykjavik
Design: OOIIO Architecture
Hotel in Reykjavik
image from architectural firm
New Hotel Building in Iceland
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.

page updated 28 Jul 2017 ; 29 Apr 2013
Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Design: Henning Larsen Architects + Olafur Eliasson
Harpa, Reykjavik Concert Hall
photograph : Nic Lehoux
Harpa Iceland
Inspired by the geological basalt stone formations along the Icelandic coast, the south facade rises up 33 metres. The facade is made up of a breathtaking three-dimensional structure of steel and glass. On Saturday night, the facade lighting was revealed to the thousands of people present.

The remaining two-dimensional facades and roof build on the geometry of the south facade as a cut through the three-dimensional shape. The glass captures the light of the sun and colours of the sky and appears as a giant, illuminating sculpture, reflecting the sky and harbour and the vibrant city life. Made up of more than 12,000 m2 glass, the building changes colours depending on the weather and time of day and year.

Icelandic Buildings

Major Iceland Architecture Projects, alphabetical:

Bifröst school building
Date built: –
Design: Studio Granda
Bifröst School building Iceland landscape
photograph : Magnus Gudnasson
Bifröst school building
Bifröst is a small settlement in western Iceland, in the Mýrasýsla county, surrounded by the Grábrókarhraun lavafield.

Hof Residence, Skakafjordur fjord
Date built: 2008
Design: Studio Granda
Hof Residence
image from architect
Hof Residence

Iceland MotoPark – Racetrack + facilities, Reykjavik
Date built: 2007-
Design: HOK Sport

Icelandic National Concert & Conference Centre, Reykjavik
Date built: 2007-
Design: Henning Larsen Architects + Olafur Eliasson
Icelandic Concert & Conference Centre
image from architect office
Icelandic Concert & Conference Centre

Icelandic Opera, Kopavogur, Reykjavik
Date built: 2008-
Design: Arkitema / Arkthing Architects
Icelandic Opera
image from architect firm
Icelandic Opera

Reykjavik University building
Date built: 2007-
Design: Henning Larsen Architects
Reykjavik University building
image from architect studio
Reykjavik University building

Supreme Court building

Design: Studio Granda
Supreme Court Iceland
photograph : Sigurgeir Sigurjonsson
Iceland building

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Vision Akureyri, Akureyri, northern Iceland
Design: Graeme Massie Architects
Icelandic building
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Icelandic building : International Design Competition, 1st Prize

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