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Massie scores Icelandic hat-trick with new contest win

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Graeme Massie Architects has won its third major competition in Iceland after landing the masterplan for the 80ha Old Harbour site in Reykjavik

The practice is already working on proposals for the waterfront by Vatnsmýri airport (a 2008 victory), and the overhaul of Akureyri town centre in the north (won in 2005).

The latest scheme is one of the largest in Reykjavik and will look at the harbour development’s ‘strategic vision’- incorporating the new concert hall by Henning Larsen Architects which is under construction - as well as improving links to the city centre.

Describing the deisgns Massie said: ‘[Our] scheme proposes a simple strategy which develops a new identity for the harbour area through reference to the offshore archipelago and broader landscape setting. A flexible arrangement of development islands is proposed, each of which assumes a unique identity defined by location, function, typological form and character.’

The project is backed by majority landowner and contest-organiser Associated Icelandic Ports.The practice received £37,000 for winning the competition.

Graeme Massie Architects: Archipelago - the Old Harbour and Orfirisey in Reykjavik proposals - landscape

Graeme Massie Architects: Archipelago - the Old Harbour and Orfirisey in Reykjavik proposals - landscape

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  • Well done Graeme

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  • yeah, good to see the hard work paying off.

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  • Architecture as pure decoration. As 'Disney' as anything Disney. Classification: well, probably Modernist Disney as opposed to, say, Classical Disney or Gothic Disney.

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  • Gosh, a nightmarish space - no active frontage - unsafe. Creepy. Hope there'll be plenty of cctv around. On a practical level, the bars on the windows are sensible.

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