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Icelandic Architecture

We selec what we feel are the best examples of Icelandic Architecture. We aim to include the most interesting design-led Icelandic buildings. We cover completed Icelandic buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and competitions across Iceland.

Iceland Building – Latest Designs

Architecture in Iceland – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

The Station – Roadside Stop, Borgarnes – 31 Jul 2013
Design: KRADS
The Station Roadside Stop Iceland
photo © Kristinn Magnusson

The exposed concrete of the exterior bestows the diner with a permanence unknown by its American counterparts creating a friction between its streamlined aesthetics and the rustic materiality’s gravity. An elongated bar-desk transforms into seating arrangements and characterizes the semicircular restaurant, which offers generous panoramic views of the scenic fjord Borgarfjordur while the curvilinear form allows for a smooth circulation of cars outside.

Botanical Gardens Cafe, Akureyri
Design: Kollgata Arkitektúr
Botanical Gardens Cafe Iceland
photo : Helga Kvam

Botanical Gardens Cafe Iceland – 3 Apr 2013
To commemorate the 150 year birthday of the township of Akureyri and the 100 years of the Botanical gardens of Akureyri, the city council decided to commission a cafe for the gardens. The site was at the center of the gardens, allowing for a 150m² building footprint.

Vigdis Language Center, Reykjavik
OOIIO Architecture
Vigdis Language Center Reykjavik
image from architect
Vigdis Language Center – 17 Jan 2013
“Vigdis Foundation” (Stofnun Vigdísar Finnbogadóttur) is one of the most important institutions for the internationalization and preservation of Icelandic culture and values. The building that hosts this Foundation should be representative of the importance of these activities for its country, Iceland.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridges in Reykjavik
Teiknistofan Tröð
Reykjavik Bridge Design
image from architects

Bridge Designs in Iceland – 16 May 2012
1st prize in an open two stage Icelandic Architecture Competition.
The bridges are designed in the shape of a triangular pyramid. The deck is held up with steel wires that connect to the top of the pyramid. A pathway lies between the two bridges and along the coastline with rest stops and information stands along the way.

Hotel Building in Reykjavik
OOIIO Architecture
Hotel in Reykjavik
image from architects

Reykjavik Hotel Building – 16 May 2012 : Iceland Architecture Competition
Submission for an international ideas competition. 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.

Icelandic Concert & Conference Centre, Reykjavik
Henning Larsen Architects + Olafur Eliasson
photo Courtesy of Harpa © Hörður Sveinsson

Harpa Iceland – 22 Aug 2011
With a festive musical programme, the new Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Harpa, was officially inaugurated. The opening took place in connection with the annual jazz and cultural festival of Reykjavik, and the Concert Hall hosted numerous concerts throughout the day. Harpa is designed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with Batteriið Architects. The spectacular south facade of the building was developed in collaboration with the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.

Icelandic Buildings

Iceland photographs © David Welch / Muriel Welch 2007 – scans:

Hallgrimschurch, Skolavordustigur, central Reykjavik
Gudjon Samuelsson architect
Hallgrimskirkja Reykjavik Hallgrimskirkja Hallgrims Church Hallgrims Church Reykjavik
Hallgrimskirkja, Skólavörðustígur : tallest building in Iceland at 73m high

Raðhús : City Hall Reykjavik
Studio Granda
City Hall Reykjavik
photograph : David Welch

design competition 1986-87 : 38 entries
1st prize : architects Margret Hardardottir & Steve Christer – now Studio Granda
Location: Tjarnargata 11, north side of Lake Tjornin, central Reykjavik

More traditional Icelandic building photos at the base of this page

New Icelandic Buildings

Contemporary Iceland Buildings, alphabetical:

Bifröst school building
Studio Granda
Icelandic school building
photograph : Magnus Gudnasson

Bifröst school building

Hof Residence, Skakafjordur fjord
Studio Granda
Hof Residence Iceland
image from architects

Hof Residence Iceland

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

Iceland Urban Plan

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

Icelandic building

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

Icelandic Concert & Conference Centre + Icelandic Concert Hall – latest information

Reykjavik University building
Henning Larsen Architects
Reykjavik University building
image from architects

Reykjavik University building

Vision Akureyri International Design Competition, 1st Prize
Graeme Massie Architects
Vision Akureyri
image from architect

Icelandic building competition

More Icelandic Buildings online soon


Country Architecture adjacent to Iceland

Norwegian Architecture
Canadian Architecture
Scottish Architecture

Architecture in Iceland

Icelandic architects : Studio Granda

Photographs © David Welch / Muriel Welch 2007 – scans:

Domkirke Reykjavik
Domkirke Reykjavik

Glaumbær Church
Glaumbaer Church Glaumbaer

Glaumbær Farm Settlement
Glaumbær Farm Glaumbær Farm Settlement

Grafar Church
Grafar Church Grafar Church Iceland Grafar Kirke

Grund Church
Grund Church

Reykjavik University Library
Reykjavik University

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