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Hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland by OOIIO Architecture

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Article source: OOIIO Architecture

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.  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.  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

  • Architects: OOIIO Architecture
  • Project: Hotel in Reykjavik
  • Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Team: Joaquín Millán Villamuelas, Belén Gómez Mendiguchía, Javier Urruti a Sanchez, Kristi nn R. Ólafsson, Gema López March, Marta Cacho Guinea.


“SNÆFELLSTOFA“-Visitor´s Center in Skriduklaustur í Fljótsdal by ARKÍS ARCHITECTS

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Article source:  ARKÍS ARCHITECTS

Visitor´s Center

Snæfellsstofa Visitor Center communicates the dignity of the surrounding nature and is closely connected to its immediate surroundings. It attracts visitors to its unique appearance and simultaneously works as an attractor for indoor and outdoor activities. The building is divided into three parts so that it can be utilized in different ways, depending on the season.

PhotographerSigurgeirSigurjónsson – The marriage between the building and the landscape

  • Project title: Snaefellsstofa, Vistitor Center
  • Place/adress: Skriduklaustur í Fljótsdal,Iceland (more…)

VillaLóla in Akureyri – Iceland by ARKÍS arkitektar

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Article source: ARKÍS arkitektar


The design of villa Lóla was an especially enjoyable dialogue process between client and architect.

Various ideas of materials, concepts and techniques where discussed in the process. Inspirations range from Swiss mountains cabins, a sea ranch in Sonoma County in California, and Japanese solutions in spatial efficiency.  Furthermore, the framing of views was an important topic of discussion.

Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar

  • Architects: ARKÍS arkitektar
  • Project: VillaLóla
  • Location: Akureyri – Iceland
  • Year of Completion: Jan 2010
  • Size: 128 m2
  • Type: Villa


The natural surroundings of the site and the fjord of Eyjarfjördur were key factors to address.


The client requested the possibility to divide the house into three spaces, or apartments that could be enlarged or reduced as needed.

Villa Lola is 128m² of gross floor area.

Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar

Another request from the client was to use low maintenance materials and to develop an inclusive approach with regards to the site and building.

Based on these requests the design process started.



The experience of being on site played a major role in the design. The house faces Akureyri across Eyjarfjodur bay with unrestricted mountain views, to the north and south.

Villa Lola is strongly rooted in its surroundings, playing of the dignity of the landscape and the uniqueness of his appearance. The form of the building is composed of three peaks that point towards the sky, forming a valley between the roof slopes. The roof form is indicative of the landscape; mountains, valleys and a fjord surround VillaLola.

The approach to the house is from above, which gives the building unique unrestricted views of Akureyri, the largest town of northern Iceland.


Weight of Nature

It was decided to seize the natural gradations of the site where natural light and beautiful color combinations are formed at different times of the year, grass, straws, weeds and birch woods surround the house and elevate the exceptionally strong appearance of the larch surfaces. The natural landscape of the site was left undisturbed.


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VillaLola is built with a frame of sustainable goal settings.

Villa Lola is clad on the exterior with Larch-wood. The larch is weathered to its nature gray-ish color, forming a natural weather protection. All loadbearing members are of wood except for one concrete wall, used for stabilizing the structure, and a concrete foundation.

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Flooring is of robust wooden boards and concrete terrazzo. Inner walls are gypsum surfaced stud frame walls painted with environmentally friendly paint. All windows are of wood, clad with aluminum on the exterior.

During the construction process the plot was carefully protected and the working space around the building was minimized.

During construction, all waste was carefully sorted and appropriate materials sent to recycling.

The building is specially designed as a low maintenance structure.

Image Courtesy ARKÍS arkitektar

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Site Plan

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A Studio Apartment in Reykjavik, Iceland by Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor (designed using ArchiCad and Artlantis)

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Article source: Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor

The tiny house represents one of the elevations of the square on top of Reykjavik City center facing the famous church and the Sculpture Museum. This square is visited by each and every tourist that comes to Reykjavik. The appartment is on 2nd,floor with a wiew towards the church, the Museum, the Pearl Resturant and the Blue Mountains in distance. This spectacular setting was the reason for the investment in the appartment which was in very bad condition.

A Studio Apartment


Reykjavík University in Reykjavík, Iceland by Arkís Architects + Henning Larsen Architects

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Article source: Arkís Architects + Henning Larsen Architects
More projects by Henning Larsen Architects

Design concept:

Reykjavik University design

  • We envisage a university with a clear and independent identity, standing out as a distinctive landmark in Reykjavík.
  • We envisage a university which respects its unique location in the landscape and adds value and character to the area.
  • We envisage a university which is flexible and receptive to future changes, yet characterised at the same time by a clear, well-planned structure, with a defined centre to act as its heart and hearth.
  • We envisage a university which promotes innovation and the sharing of knowledge and which distinguishes itself on the international stage.
  • We envisage a university which embraces variety and openness, and will become a prominent factor in Reykjavík’s social and cultural life.
  • We envisage a university which lives up to its name as a UniverCity.
  • We envisage a university with the students at its heart.
  • Welcome to the new Reykjavik University.


Night View

  • Architects: Arkís Architects + Henning Larsen Architects
  • Project name: Reykjavík University
  • Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Program: University
  • Construction date: 11 Jan 2010
  • Client: Fasteign ehf
  • Collaborators: Mannvit, Verkís, Efla, Þór, Landmótun


CASA G in Iceland by Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor Designed using ArchiCad and Artlantis

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Article source: Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor

The concept of Casa G is based on reading and feedback to the landscape it exists on.  The characteristic landscape situation and view differences distinctively in each direction. Towards south the view to the sea and islands, towards north the characteristic triangular mountain, towards east the glacier and towards west the river and canyon.

Exterior View


Icelandic Institute of Natural History in Gardabaer by ARKÍS Architects

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Article source: ARKÍS Architects

The Institute

The Institute of Natural History is a public institution, carrying out diverse research and monitoring of nature. Research is especially focused on botany, ecology, taxonomy geology and zoology. The new building for the Icelandic Institute of Natural History houses research facilities and offices for 50 scientists and other employees. Furthermore, the building houses the Institute’s research specimen collections and scientific library.

View of building from the north (Image Courtesy Vigfus Birgisson)

  • Architects: ARKÍS Architects
  • Project: Icelandic Institute of Natural History
  • Location: Gardabaer, Iceland
  • Completion: October 2010
  • Site area: 5.199 m2
  • Gross floor area: 3.515 m2
  • Software used: Autodesk autocad and architectural desktop


Selhaed Water Retention Tank in Egilsstadir, Iceland by ARKÍS architects

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Article source: ARKÍS architects

The water retention tank is surrounded by a reflective pool, where it stands on top of a hill overlooking the town of Egilsstadir.  The tank is clad in Cor-Ten steel, with a larch outer layer which adds depth and ever-changing shadow effects to the steel surface.

Exterior View

  • Architect: ARKÍS architects
  • Name of Project: Selhaed Water Retention Tank
  • Location: Egilsstadir, Iceland
  • Completion: 2008
  • Size in square meters: 725


Harpa Concert & Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects
More projects by Henning Larsen Architects

Harpa Concert & Conference Centre in Reykjavik gathers inspiration from the northern lights and the dramatic Icelandic scenery.

Harpa Concert Hall External View 1

Harpa Concert Hall External View 1

Situated on the boundary between land and sea, the centre stands out like a large, radiant sculpture reflecting both sky and harbour space as well as the vibrant life of the city. The spectacular facades have been designed in close collaboration between Henning Larsen Architects, the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and the engineering companies Rambøll and ArtEngineering GmbH from Germany.


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