Old Harbour Urban Plan Competition, Reykjavik Design Contest

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Old Harbour Masterplan Iceland

Reykjavik Design Contest: Iceland Building – design by Graeme Massie Architects

17 Dec 2009

Old Harbour Site Reykjavik

Graeme Massie Architects win a third competition in Iceland

Location: Reykjavik

Organiser: Associated Icelandic Ports

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Graeme Massie Architects are confirmed as winners of the open competition to masterplan the Old Harbour of Reykjavik and Orfirisey, in Iceland.

On Friday 11th December, at a reception at the Maritime Museum in Reykjavik, Graeme Massie Architects were confirmed as winners of the open competition to masterplan the redevelopment of the Old Harbour of Reykjavik and Orfirisey.

Reykjavik’s old harbour, and neighbouring Orfirisey, covers an area of approximately 80 hectares within the city’s urban core and is currently home to a range of industrial, commercial, tourist and cultural activities, including a major new concert hall by Henning Larson Architects which is currently under construction. The master plan competition was organised by the primary land owner, Associated Icelandic Ports, to provide a strategic vision for the future development of the harbour area within the context of Reykjavik’s city centre. The competition win is accompanied by a cash prize of 7,500,000 Icelandic Krona (approximately £37,000).

The juxtaposition between urban environment and unmediated natural landscape, rare in the context of a capital city, is integral to Reykjavik’s character. Through planned and unexpected views, the landscape continually exerts its presence. Graeme Massie Architects winning scheme proposes a simple strategy which develops a new identity for the harbour area through reference to the archipelago located just offshore from the city as well as the broader landscape setting.

A flexible arrangement of development islands is proposed, each of which assumes a unique identity defined by location, function, typological form and character. The proposals meet the challenges facing the harbour area and the strategic vision of Associated Icelandic Ports by accepting a disparate range of existing commercial and industrial activities while facilitating the introduction of new mixed-use, residential and office districts that integrate Reykjavik’s existing urban core with the harbour waterfront. The development structure is responsive and flexible; supporting incremental development over time as well as future expansion and adaption in response to evolving economic circumstances.

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It is the practice’s third major competition win in Iceland, following previous winning schemes for an Urban Plan for Vatnsmyri, Reykjavik (2008) and the masterplan for the town centre of Akureyri (2005).

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Iceland Architecture Designs – chronological list

Reykjavik Architecture Walking Tours

Icelandic Projects by Graeme Massie Architects

Vision Akureyri International Design Competition, 1st Prize
Icelandic building competition
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Icelandic building competition

Vatnsmýri Urban Plan
Vatnsmýri Urban Plan
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Iceland Urban Plan




Graeme Massie Architects – Competitions

Bonn Square, Oxford – winner
Bonn Square
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Atlantic College, Wales – shortlisted

Iceland Buildings – Selection

The Icelandic National Concert & Conference Centre, Reykjavik
Henning Larsen Architects
Icelandic Concert Hall
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Icelandic Concert & Conference Centre

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Old Harbour Urban Plan – page

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