Photography and studio gallery on Hverfisgata 71a is the ingenious result of a recent extension project by Studio Granda. Studio Granda is a practice of award winning architects based in Reykjavik, Iceland. It was founded by Margrét Hardardóttir and Steve Christer in 1987, after completing their studies at the Architectural Association in London.

Known for Reykjavik Art Museum, Hof and Supreme Court of Iceland, Studio Granda’s work is clearly influenced by the beautiful landscapes of Iceland, which often is portrayed through their use and respect of traditional Icelandic materials such as stone, sheet metal and timber. This sensitive awareness was also apparent in their recent work on Hverfisgata 71a.

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Hverfisgata 71a is a partly run down old house in the heart of Reykjavik. The project was thus a ongoing process from when the owner and Studio Granda first started developing ideas for its renovation, roughly 10 years ago.

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The material used had a great significance to the identity of the old house. The main goal was not to let the new extension over shadow the old part. The two parts were naturally joined, complementing each other through the use of natural material and light. Lifting it to another world quality.

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The raw material against the natural oak is a highly sustainable and modern way of creating a simple and clean design space. The concrete wall was recycled from the old house and used as a medium to connect the two. According to the architects, the simplicity of the space did not make a statement and nor was it meant to. Being an ongoing process over 8 years, ideas were continuously pivoted and re-imagined.

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This “make it up as you go” working style indeed allowed the renovation project to work in such a pace that was in line with the history of the old house. Neither making it too modern or too retro, but a perfect space in between classic Icelandic architecture.

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For more works, check out Studio Granda’s other projects posted on the Icelandic Design Blog:

Studio Granda at Louisiana

Studio Granda’s Hof in The New York Times

 

Images in courtesy of photographer, Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson