A proposal for the town
of Hafnarfjörđur, Iceland: A community center and a music school
as additions to an existing early century church. The strategy was
to preserve the small scale of the surrounding town fabric, so
characteristic for the town. For this purpose, two houses on the
site were incorporated into the design by moving them forward
towards the harbour, while using them as a part of a courtyard
enclosure. The buildings all wrap around this central court and
surrounding walking paths converge in it so as to make it a focal
point within the town.
Existing site, showing the two
wood frame houses at the top of the site.
A birds eye view of the
proposed complex, showing the court within, and how the buildings
would have formed a kind of town-center.
The master plan showing the
church connection, how the buildings wrap the court and how
surrounding walkways feed into the court. The existing church is
on the right, proposed community center on top and the music
school on the right. The existing, moved old wooden houses are
replaced towards the bottom. The entrances to the two new
buildings are located on top right of the court, where driveway
and walkways converge.
Elevations of the proposed
complex (from top), east, north, section looking east and finally
the west face of the buildings.
Close up of the floor plan of
the 2nd floor of the music school. Note how irregularly shaped
rooms would provide for various degrees of reverberations, which
should accomodate for the various types of musical instruments
used in the rooms. The plan expresses the cacophony normally
taking place within a music school.
South elevation of the music
school, with the drive thru access into the courtyard.
Elevation of the music school,
showing the perspective-like outdoor stage, incorporated into the
building front. It was intended for small performances facing the
wooded park in front of the complex
Design by Olafur Thordarson,
1990. This project was created in New York, with valuable
help from Judi Choi, Reade Elliott, Thordur Olafsson and Ilse