“Our city belongs to all of us. It’s so much more than a collection of buildings.” To architect Jórunn Ragnarsdóttir, a city is an organic entity, a collaboration between the architects who design its buildings and the inhabitants who populate them and traverse the streets between them. Jórunn is one of Iceland’s most respected architects […]
Iceland’s Museum of Natural History is set to get permanent housing after 130 years of waiting. The museum has signed a contract which will enable
You may not know it but when visiting Iceland, you’re likely to encounter the work of Basalt Architects. The company’s team is behind the Blue Lagoon’s Retreat hotel, the GeoSea Geothermal Sea Baths in Húsavík, and the LAVA Centre volcano museum in Hvolsvöllur, to name a few projects. Basalt Architects have flipped the script in architecture, letting nature lead the way in construction. Established in 2009, the company has revamped Icelandic bathing culture, focusing on putting people into touch with nature.
Reykjavík is a city still finding its feet. It’s unique in many ways, pencilled onto a peninsula that stretches westwards into the Atlantic Ocean towards Greenland. Far from a populous metropolis, its surface area nevertheless stretches further than its meagre population would suggest. It offers closeness to nature, along with clean air, water, and energy. Still, there’s an airport right in the city centre. But changes are afoot in the city.
A new viewing platform extending from Bolafjall mountain is hoped to draws tens of thousands of tourists to the Westfjords village of Bolungarvík when it
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