Project: Traffic

Type: International competition

Year: 2000

Size: 14.500 m2

Client: The Icelandic Ministerium of Foreign Affairs

Collaborators: MVA arkitektar, Holm & Grut arkitekter

Location: Keflavik, Iceland

Status: 1. Prize, built

Awards: Nomination for the Mies van der Rohe award,

DV cultural prize, selected as the best building in Iceland

Photographer: Gudmundur Ingolfsson, Pall Stefansson

The building design is influenced by geological and geographical qualities unique to Iceland. These qualities are transformed into characteristic spaces, such as the gorge through the building, which is clad in liparit, an Icelandic stone quarried in the mountains nearby.