Edda Centre for Icelandic Studies Wins Design Award

Edda Centre for Icelandic Studies

The University of Iceland’s new Centre for Icelandic Studies, called Edda, has won the 2023 Icelandic Design Award in the “Place” category. The jury called the building “characteristic and impressive” and praised the attention to detail in its design. Edda will soon house an exhibition of Iceland’s most valuable manuscripts that will be open to all.

“Edda, the new Centre for Icelandic Studies, is a characteristic and impressive building,” the jury statement reads. “The project was carried out with professionalism, artistry, and attention to every detail inside and out. The oval shape and unique texture of the exterior suggest the value of its contents. The building stands in a shallow, reflective pool and the outside is clad with a copper shell with stylized copies of text from manuscripts, which both decorate the walls and spark curiosity about what lives within. Edda is a bright and open building where beautiful courtyards give the interior spaces air and light.”

Open Books: The New Centre for Icelandic Studies

Edda was designed by Hornsteinar Architects. It was built to house The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, several University of Iceland departments concerning Icelandic language and literature, and an exhibition of the Árni Magnússon Institute’s manuscript collection that will be open to all.

 

Genki Instruments Win First Prize at Icelandic Design Awards

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The annual Icelandic Design Awards were held last night at Iðnó in Reykjavík. The Reykjavík-based Genki Instruments received the main prize for Wave: a wearable MIDI controller that allows users to control sound through motion.

Every year since 2014, the Icelandic Design Awards have honoured the best in Icelandic design and architecture. This year, Genki Instruments – a music technology hardware company based in Reykjavík – received the main prize for Wave.

In a statement by the Design Awards’ panel of judges, Genki Instruments is described as a, “progressive and design-driven music company where design, technology, engineering, and music meld into one.” Commenting on Wave, the judges concluded that the product was a, “unique example of a startup building upon a progressive idea, where research, development, and testing – throughout the entire design process – results in a completely new experience for the user.”

Genki Instruments is comprised of Ólafur Bogason, Haraldur Þór Hugoson, Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson, and Daníel Grétarsson.

Other winners this year include Omnom, an artisan chocolate maker based in Reykjavík, which received an award for “best design investment,” and Manfreð Vilhjálmson, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Icelandic architecture.

The Icelandic Design Awards is a collaboration between the Iceland Design Centre and the Iceland University of the Arts, with support from the National Power Company of Iceland (Landsvirkjun) and the Federation of Icelandic Industries (SI).

(For additional information on Wave, see below video.)

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