The Icelandic government has launched a pair of open international contests to remasterplan Reykjavík’s main governmental quarter and extend the prime minister’s offices
The competitions, run in partnership with the Association of Icelandic Architects, seek ‘holistic’ proposals to rethink the Icelandic capital’s main bureaucratic zone as well as a concept for a 1,200m² extension to the prime minister’s residence.
The Icelandic government currently occupies around 28,500m² of existing buildings in the city’s downtown area overlooking the harbour, with key structures including the parliament house and various departments and judicial courts. The prime minister’s offices are meanwhile situated next to nearby Arnarhóll Park overlooking the main Lækjargata boulevard.
According to the brief: ‘The existing land use plan allows approximately an addition of 24,000m2 of new buildings. The future operations of the governmental quarter consist of three main operations: namely ministries, state agencies and courts. The objective of the competition is to produce a progressive, holistic and sustainable land use plan for the governmental quarter.’
Reykjavík is the capital of Iceland and home to around 123,000 of the country’s 344,000 population. It is thought to be one of the most environmentally friendly and safe cities in the world.
Key landmarks include the waterfront HARPA Concert Hall by Henning Larsen Architects and Guðjón Samúelsson’s iconic 1986 Hallgrímskirkja church named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson.
Iceland’s parliament building, known as the Alþingishúsið, occupies a prominent site next to the city’s main public square, Austurvöllur. The 1881 Classically-styled stone structure was designed by Danish architect Ferdinand Meldahl.
The latest competitions aim to remasterplan the city’s main legislative area and also create a 1,200m² extension to the prime minister’s Stjórnarráðið headquarters. The competition language is Icelandic and documents are available in Icelandic only.
The Governmental Quarter deadline for applications is 14:59 local time on 18 September and the Prime Minister’s Offices deadline for applications is 14:59 local time on 25 September.
How to apply
Rikiskaup (Central Public Procurement)
Tel: +354 5301400
Fax: +354 5301414