Modernist architecture in Reykjavik

Posted on February 8, 2016 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

Háteigskirkja Church  Háteigskirkja Church

Háteigskirkja Church

Háteigskirkja Church

Háteigskirkja Church

 

Reykjavik has a vast array of modern architecture, and the Nordic design style is discernible. Walking is the ideal way to explore the city's architecture, and I was grateful to have brought my warm snow boots.

 

Churches

The designs of the Icelandic churches are intriguing, and I wished that I had more time to visit more. Aside from the landmark Hallgrimskirkja church, I stumbled upon the Háteigskirkja church - an unconventional pristine white church with 2 tall steeples at the front. The church was designed by architect Halldór H. Jónsson in 1957, and it looked especially majestic against the blue sky and white snow.

 

filadelfia church reykjavik

filadelfia church reykjavik

Filadelfia church

 

Another one that caught my eye was the minimalist Filadelfia church, an evangelical church was founded in 1936. And the most striking feature of its facade is the sans serif font on top of the entrance!

 

Museums

Einars Jónssonar Museum

Einars Jónssonar Museum  Einars Jónssonar Museum

Einars Jónssonar Museum

 

Opposite the Hallgrimskirkja church is the Einars Jónssonar Museum, which houses the works by Iceland's first sculptor Einar Jónsson. The museum was built according to a plan by the artist in collaboration with architect Einar Erlendsson, and it officially opened in 1923. The design style has been classified as eclecticism, i.e. it drew ideas from a variety of different sources. The slightly stern-looking structure complements the Hallgrimskirkja church nearby, and I highly recommend a visit to this museum because Jónsson's sculptures are simply extraordinary!

 

Reykjavík national museum of iceland

Reykjavík national museum of iceland

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Reykjavík national museum of iceland  Reykjavík national museum of iceland

The National Museum of Iceland was established in 1863, but opened its doors at its current location Suðurgata in 1950. The museum underwent extensive refurbishments and reopened in 2004 with modern facilities.

 

Hafnarhús Reykjavik Art Museum

Reykjavik Art Museum

Reykjavik Art Museum  Reykjavik Art Museum

Reykjavik Art Museum: Hafnarhús, designed by Icelandic architect Sigurður Guðmundsson with harbour master Þórarinn Kristjánsson from 1933-39. The museum was renovated by the architect office Studio Granda in 1998-2000.

 

Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum

Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum

Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum

Ásmundarsafn (part of the Reykjavik Art Museum)

 

Arriving at Ásmundarsafn museum, I thought I had walked onto a Star Wars film set! The idiosyncratic former home of Icelandic sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson looked particularly surreal being surrounded by 30 large scale sculptures in its snow-covered sculpture garden.

The original part (the dome) of the building was designed by the artist himself in the years 1942-59. The architect Mannfreð Vilhjálmsson later designed the extension connecting the main building and the curved building. The concepts of the house were inspired by the Mediterranean, the round houses of the Arab world and Egypt’s pyramids.

It takes about 20 minutes to walk from city centre to the museum, but it is definitely worth visiting. Aside from the unique architecture, the serene sculpture garden, the museum also has temporary sculpture exhibitions and permanent works by Sveinsson.

 

reykjavik Kjarvalsstaðir

reykjavik Kjarvalsstaðir

reykjavik Kjarvalsstaðir

Kjarvalsstaðir (part of the Reykjavik Art Museum)

 

Kjarvalsstaðir is located in the Miklatún park, and it was designed by Hannes Kr. Davíðsson and inaugurated in 1973. The museum is dedicated to the Icelandic painter Jóhannes Kjarval, and it exhibits the artist's large collection of works.

The design of the building was influenced by Japanese-inspiration to Nordic modernism, with emphasis on raw natural building materials, a quality of lightness, and simplified lines throughout. Unfortunately, the museum was closed when I visited, so I did not get to see the interior of the building.

 

Multi-storey buildings

Valhöll

Valhöll

Reykjavík modernist architecture

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Reykjavík modernist architecture

Reykjavík modernist architecture  Reykjavík modernist architecture

Interesting Modernist buildings can be seen everywhere in the city, I especially like the Valhöll building (top two rows)

 

Go green

Reykjavík modernist architecture

Reykjavík modernist architecture

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i.o.o.f reykjavik

Reykjavík modernist architecture

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Reykjavik is full of colourful buildings, and green is on the top of their list

 

Private homes

Reykjavík modernist architecture

Reykjavík modernist architecture  Reykjavík modernist architecture

Reykjavík modernist architecture

Reykjavík modernist architecture  Reykjavík modernist architecture

Reykjavík modernist architecture

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Modernist houses

 

 


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