Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Year: 2014

Status: Competition, 1st Prize / In progress

Program: Public square

Client: Reykjavík municipality



1st prize in a design competition. Óðinstorg (Óðin's square) is a public square situated on a dynamic sloping intersection of five streets in downtown Reykjavík, bordering a tightly knit residential neighborhood and a bustling commercial area. The challenge of the competition was to transform the square from a parking lot to a versatile public space for locals as well as passersby. Our proposal utilizes the natural slope to step down the square in three platforms. Each platform has a dedicated function, outdoor dining, public park/garden, market/stage. The top and bottom platforms can extend towards the lively commercial street Skólavörðustígur, while the middle park is nestled between and extends into a vacant lot to become a playground/garden. Combined they can also play host to larger events, making use of the slope as a natural amphitheater. The lighting design strategy creates an inviting and playful atmosphere and helps to extend the vitality of the square into the long winter season of the world´s northern most capital city.



Design team: 

Anna María Bogadóttir, Einar Hlér Einarsson, Hrólfur Karl Cela, Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir


In collaboration with:

Auður Sveinsdóttir, landscape architect

Edda Ívarsdóttir urban designer

Verkís engineers: Darío Núñez Salazar, lighting designer