Óðinstorg

Site plan
Concept sketch
Looking north
Looking north
Looking east
Looking east
Events on the square
Events on the square
Pavilion

Óðinstorg, competition proposal
2014

Óðinstorg is a small square in the centre of Reykjavík. It is located close to the main shopping streets and the bustling of the city centre but is at the same time secluded and private. The square is well sheltered from wind and is ideally situated for sunlight. 

The aim of the proposal is to strengthen the surrounding environment and to create a place for people to gather. The square and surrounding streets are named after gods in the norse mythology. The proposal is inspired by Odin the chief of Aesir, which the square is named after, and his eight-legged horse Sleipnir.

The square is divided into three different areas, a small garden between the houses on the north side, an outdoor veranda on the upper level to the east and a world of imagination on the lower level the the west, where the eight-legged sculpture Sleipnir lies. The different areas encourage different types of activities. The garden can be used for quiet contemplation, the upper level for markets and outdoor restaurants and Sleipnir on the lower level is a playground for children and a stage for various events. The upper and lower level are connected by steps and ramps, that can be used as seats, playground or as an amphitheater when events are taking place on the square.

A small pavilion is placed between the houses on the north side, which will be open for public use and will activate the use of the square. It can be rented out for markets, art shows and private parties. It provides shelter making the square active no matter the weather.

In collaboration with jvantspijker and felixx from the Netherlands.

Merkt sem:
2010-2014