A new preschool has opened in the Laugardalur neighborhood on Kleppsvegur 150-152.
However, the latest addition to the city’s preschool system is built on the former site of Adam & Eva, a sex shop. The city bought the structure in 2020 for ISK 642 million and has renovated the site extensively, with the new preschool even being nominated for the Green Shovel, an award for sustainable, environmentally-friendly design.
Architectural contractor Þarfaþing has been responsible for the renovations, which have cost around ISK 927 million.
The preschool, called Brákarborg KLÖPP, will add 120 new places to Reykjavík City’s preschool capacity at a time when waitlists, staff shortages, and inadequate facilities have caused something of a crisis in Iceland’s preschool system.
Earlier this August, parents protested at Rekjavík City Hall, with what they called a sit-in preschool. With many children still on wait lists, many parents have had to change their rate of employment to care for their children.
The completion of Brákarborg KLÖPP will partially bridge the gap between Reykjavík City’s needed capacity, and the children currently on waitlists.