Reykjavik University




The objective is to strengthen the city identity as a lively and attractive centre of education that – as a flagship for educational trends – attracts students and researchers from all over the world.

The large-scale building, is designed as a circular, independent city with streets, squares and shopping centre. The project realises the idea of the university as a city allowing the individual departments to be organised as independent quarters around a uniting, inner square.

The square provides access to all the university departments whilst housing the common university facilities such as café, restaurants, art gallery, gym, bookshop, nursery, library etc. Thus, a lively urban scene is created in the building – a vibrating centre that generates life and energy to the surrounding streets.

The building covers 90,000 m2 in total of which 32,000 m2 has been built.

Photos by Bragi Þór Jósefsson

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Project facts

Project facts

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Client: Reykjavik Háskólinn
Gross floor area: 90,000 m2
Year of construction: 2007 - 2010
Type of assignment: First prize in international competition


  • Reykjavik, Iceland


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