Signbite : Ráðhús Reykjavíkur : June 14, 2011

Here’s one for all the serious architecture lover’s out there. Otherwise translated as Reykjavik’s City Hall – we visited the building on the advice of our Harpa tour guide, Hörður. Sitting on the lake, surrounded by green stuff and ducks, the architecture is unassuming and peaceful. It is not a ‘wow’ building but something much more sublimely serene. Dark concrete, simple details, spilling with light. A huge 3D map of Iceland is housed in its innards. The architectural design is by Studio Granda, probably Iceland’s best architects – working to create simple, elegant insertions using the elements of Iceland’s natural beauty.

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Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. Ducks!
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. Little engraved maps - didn't quite work out what their purpose was..but pretty.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. Little engraved maps - didn't quite work out what their purpose was..but pretty.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. Reflections.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. Little engraved maps - didn't quite work out what their purpose was..but pretty.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. Off with her head!
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. Exit Signage.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. Room ID Signage.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. 3D Map detail.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. 3D Map.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. Decals.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. Oh thank heavens - some of the women have their heads.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. I think this is my favourite hydrant cupboard sign ever. So geometrical. Nerd alert!
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. Another great example of minimal, geometric signage in keeping with the building.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda.
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, Reykjavik by Studio Granda. A nearby statue.