Arkibúllan Architects

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Arkibúllan architectsArkibúllan Architects was established in Iceland in 1994 and has ever since been run by its founders, architects Hrefna Björg Þorsteinsdóttir and Hólmfríður Ósmann Jónsdóttir and later also Margrét Leifsdóttir architect. The study is centrally located in Reykjavik. Arkibúllan has always had a strong focus on participating in architectural competitions. Arkibúllan Architects has bee nominated for the Mies van der Rohe European architectural prize, and three times for The DV Cultural prize for architecture in Iceland. The study has furthermore exhibited its works in Washington, Paris, Oslo, Aarhus as well as Reykjavik. Two of Arkibúllan’s works have been included in the respected Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture (Nauthólsvík geothermal sea spa in 2008 and Gufunes cemetery in 2010).

The effect of nature and the environment on man-made constructs is the pivotal point around which Arkibúllan’s work revolves. Each new project is started by searching for clues in as many places as possible: in the topography, geography, social fabric and indeed in the holistic effects of the environment on the mind itself. These clues are then converted into concrete results in a systematic process, and a fully-formed architecture is created as a result.