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Building Blocks

“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 […]

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Natural by Design

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.

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Anna María Bogadóttir, architect.
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Changing Lanes, Part 1: The Future of Urban Planning in Reykjavík

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.

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Saxhóll Staircase Receives Award Nomination

Icelandic landscape architecture firm Landslag has been nominated for an international award for their staircase up Saxhóll crater in Snæfellsjökull National Park. RÚV reported first. The prize, known as

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