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Akureyri Iceland : Architecture

Iceland Building – design by Graeme Massie Architects

Vision Akureyri International Design Competition

1st Prize

Design: Graeme Massie Architects, Edinburgh

Vision Akureyri

Akureyri, in northern Iceland, has recently witnessed a decline in the propsperity of its town centre. Simultaneously, placeless out-of-town developments have become predominant. Historically the town was informed culturally, economically and spatially by its relationship to the surrounding environment; over time these connections between the town, its people and its setting have been eroded.

Reconnecting the town with its spectacular location at the base of Eyjafjordur, the longest fjord in Iceland, while releasing suitably scaled land parcels for development is key to its regeneration. A series of landscape initiatives are proposed: the creation of three linear parks which radiate from the town centre to the outlying districts; the realignment of the waterfront to form a new inlet connecting the main shopping street to the harbour, and the installation of programmable lighting systems to compensate for the lack of winter daylight.

Submission date: Feb 2005
No. of entries: 151

Graeme Massie Architects


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Iceland Architecture Designs – chronological list

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Iceland Buildings – Selection

The Icelandic National Concert & Conference Centre, Reykjavik
Henning Larsen Architects
Icelandic Conference Centre
image from architect

Icelandic Concert & Conference Centre

Vatnsmýri Urban Plan
Graeme Massie Architects
Vatnsmýri Urban Plan
image from architect

Iceland Urban Plan

Supreme Court building
Studio Granda
Supreme Court building Iceland
photo : Sigurgeir Sigurjonsson
Icelandic building

Graeme Massie Architects have had a hugely successful start to their practice with success at the following competitions:-
Atlantic College, Wales – one of six shortlisted
Vision Akureyri, Iceland – winners
Bonn Square, Oxford – winners

Vision Akureyri : Scottish Design Awards 2006 – Proposed Place Making Award Commendation

Buildings / photos for the Akureyri Iceland page welcome

Akureyri Building Iceland – page

Website: Iceland