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About Yrki arkitektar : The name Yrki has specific meanings in Icelandic –to cultivate and to write verses. This gives a hint to the office’s philosophy, to unite the earthly and the lyrical but as well to show an sensitivity in intertwining different sources to the project from the urban and natural context while wanting to take a coherent position in the designated landscape. Yrki Architects is an architecture office in Reykjavik and has a modest ambition to expand. Instead, it wishes to develop in quality and creation which has given it a firm space within the architecture panorama in Iceland. Although founded as recently as 1997, the office has been involved in very diverse projects and competitions. Its current portfolio of completed works and works in progress includes a cluster of apartment blocks linked to a service centre for the elderly and a nursing home, a home for disabled people, a freezer storage for a shipping line, single family houses, recreation homes, two museums. All do they have a strong sense for a dialogue, an important factor in a country where one can barely say that architecture has a long tradition. Yrki consider it important to integrate the functionality and the visual. The environment influences us as architects and we seek evidence or guidelines in the environment itself. Our background as architects living in harsh weather and environmental condition has obviously puts mark on everything that we have created. We have tried to make a critical assessment of the existing environment and show it the respect it deserves. We always depend on our own values and judgment, as well as our character and background. We consider that our contribution should always be positive from architectural point of view and that is based on those needs and use, as appropriate.ORGANIZATION:
Urband planning Nýbýlavegur Kópavogur, 2nd place.
Reykjavík Indoor Pool Extension. Purchase.
Nursing home in Morkin - Nominated for the DV Culture Prize for Architecture.
Weight house in Thorlakshofn - Nominated for the DV Culture Prize (Menningarverðlaun DV) for Architecture.
Competition for the design of service buildings and the surrounding area at Hallsholt, the cemetery of Gufunes. Purchase.
Markarholt. 1st prize in a competition by invitation for the planning and design of Markarholt - a complex comprising appartments, service centre and nursing home in Reykjavik.
Ísheimar II. Freezer-cooler freight centre for Samskip, Reykjavik. Project already realised. Tender in cooperation with Keflavik Contractors.
A home for disabled. Nominated for the DV Culture Prize (Menningarverðlaun DV) for Architecture.
Saltfisksetur Íslands - Museum of Bacalao. Proposal already realised. Tender in cooperation with Icelandic Prime Contractors (Ístak).
Nesstofusafn, Seltjarnarnesi - Nesstofa Medical Museum. 1st prize in an invited competition.
Svartsengi - geothermal power plant, information and personnel centre. Purchase.
Hæstiréttur Íslands - Supreme Court of Iceland. Ásdís Helga Ágústsdóttir in cooperation with Sigurður Halldórsson og Jóhannes Þórðarson. Purchase.
Architecture and design.
Awards received by Yrki arkitektar
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