Iceland Academy of Art

The Iceland Academy of Art translates the Icelandic building tradition into a modern design language, while keeping with the scale and atmosphere of the existing city.

The new art academy is located in the heart of Reykjavik on the main shopping street Laugavegur. Reykjavik has a unique character, build from small and diverse buildings full of colour and inherent atmosphere. The project is based on this exact quality seeking to preserve the unique cityscape of Reykjavik. 

The new Icelandic Academy of the fine arts, unifies the departments of architecture, design, art, theatre and music under one roof. The design creates a scaled connection between city and building by sub-dividing the varied functions in the art academy program into smaller units, weaving them into the surrounding urban tissue and creating a large open atrium. The atrium will be a new public meeting point in the city.

The quite massive scale and volume of the academy, 20.000 m², is literally broken into smaller building blocks of varied sizes. The building block are further differentiated by different materials and textures - concrete, glass and stretch metal. Facade patterns are inspired by traditional Icelandic knitting patterns, reflecting both artistic history and its modern day interpretation.

Name: Iceland Academy of Art
Type: Open international competition 1st prize
Program: Education
Client: Listaháskóli Íslands
Size: 20.000 m²
Location: Reykjavik IS
Year: 2010
Collaborators: +arkitektar
Image credits: Luxigon
Team: Martin Laursen, Martin Krogh, Anders Lonka