Construction company Thyrping has applied for a permit to change the highest tower in Reykjavík’s Shadow District (Skuggahverfi) by the harbor, which was originally supposed to become an apartment complex, into a hotel.
Reykjavík harbor. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
CEO of Thyrping Oddur Vídisson is calling for information from the City of Reykjavík on how many hotels they plan to green-light in the coming years. The Shadow District tower could accommodate up to 160 hotel rooms, RÚV reports.
It has proven difficult to sell the apartments in the tower and therefore Thyrping is keen on using the tower as a hotel instead. Vídisson has yet to receive an answer to his application from city authorities.
Other hotels are in the pipelines near the Shadow District, including a planned 400-room hotel, owned by the state and city, close to the Icelandic National Concert Center and a planned hotel on Ingólfstorg square in the city center.
“I don’t know if this is a trend now, to change housing to hotels, but it would be good to see Reykjavík City’s future plans on hotel constructions in the city center for the next 20, 30 years, so responsible operators could establish themselves in the area without constantly worrying about changed plans for the lots in question,” Vídisson said.