Motto 58845 Árnastofnun

arnarstofnun1_1024In june 2008 we submitted a proposal for a new university campus building in Reykjavík, gathering all Icelandic competence researching and educating in the historic Icelandic litterature and better facilities for displaying the original Saga manuscripts in one building. Needless to say, the building would be of national importance and a great many architectural offices took part. We collaborated with Geir, Jarl Ture and Espen (Griff Arkitektur), as well as brainstorming at the beginning with Odd and Adnan (a-lab).

arnarstofnun3_1024The building is divided into three distinctive parts – Álfaborgin (the elf city);the rock you enter into where the national treasure is kept safe – jarðskorpan (the crust); the rough icelandic landscape where you move freely on top, and «bókin» (the book); hovering over the violent landscape, elevated, containing and protecting the knowledge.

arnarstofnun2-2_1024We got shortlisted in the evaluation, one of 5 potential contenders to the 1. prize. Among the jury comments were «…. The floor plans of the lower floors are skillfully done with beautiful horizontal and vertical spatial connections. The idea of the connection between the storage facilities and the exposition area is particularly interesting…,… the library and exhibition spaces are interestingly designed and the overall appearance is exciting and positive, material choices are innovative»

Motto 53468 MuDeSa

mudesa1_1024On the 9th of April 2008 we went to Garðabær to pick up the 3rd prize for our proposal for the new Museum of Design an Applied Arts (Mudesa). There were 35 competition entries.

mudesa4_1024Visiting the museum would be a unique spatial experience – the museum opens up towards the square with its spiralling shape and invites the visitors in, as well as exposes its contents outwards and contributes to a lively town center square. The strength of the proposal is the way it weaves outside and inside together, and the multistorey central exposition space which connects all levels of the building.

mudesa2-2_1024Among the jury comments were » Convincing solution. Ambitious proposal, effortless in its simplicitiy without being neutral….Internal spaces are intertwined in an amusing way with good visual connections….The proposal contains brilliant solutions and interesting spaces of varying size and shape.»

mudesa3_1024The winning proposal was made by PK Arkitektar, one of the leading architectural offices in Iceland.