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Old October 17th, 2006, 09:15 PM   #1
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Reykjavik - small highrise cluster announced

Developer Eykt together with modenist architect PK in Reykjavik have announced their plans to erect a 19 storey office tower, and two smaller residential towers in a small cluster in the centre of Reykjavik - Iceland

To some the project is know as Höfdatorg, or Höfdi Square, where the name Höfdi is the same as Höfdi House, used in the 1986 Reagan-Gorbatchev summit. The 19 storey tower (formerly proposed as a 16 storey tower) will face the green lot surrounding Höfdi House, creating a rather interesting interplay between the historic Jugendesque building and the ultra-modern proposal:

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Old October 18th, 2006, 01:49 AM   #2
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Wow, should be great for Reykjavik to get its first tall building It's great to see these cities grow.
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Old October 18th, 2006, 11:26 AM   #3
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great

will it be the northerner city with high rises?
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Old October 18th, 2006, 01:25 PM   #4
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Great - hope it gets built.
@Rocky - no, this won't be northernmost city with highrises. Arkhangelsk in Russia and Yellowknife in Canada have 20+ floor buildings and they are further north than Reykjavik
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Old October 19th, 2006, 02:14 AM   #5
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There is good chance it will get built, in some way or the other. The older plans - which called for a 16 storey office tower - are already approved. The developer has aleady built the 6 storey lowrise that you can see in the foreground of the model, and the rest of the area is virtually one big hole, with earthmovers munching on the rocks, creating a space for a subterranean parking basement...
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Old October 19th, 2006, 02:24 AM   #6
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Very nice, the model is so ICE-land what is the tallest building in Reykjavik at the moment ?
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Old October 19th, 2006, 02:37 AM   #7
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It's interesting how the rendering of the buildings actually look like they are made of ice. I hope it gets built. It's been nearly 20 years since I've last been to Iceland.
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Old October 19th, 2006, 03:44 AM   #8
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Looks nice. Is the city running out of space downtown?
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Old October 19th, 2006, 11:56 PM   #9
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Looks nice. Is the city running out of space downtown?
Not really, but the prices are getting unbelievably high with regards to how small a city this is. Land value is rising, especially in the centre, bringing down barriers to projects like this.

This would be among the three - four tallest buildings in the city. There's one 20 storey tower U/C in another district in the city (probably the tallest), and one 19 storey residential tower U/C nearby. Hallgrimskirkja, or Hallgrimschurch, will remain the tallest building though ...
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