The Icelandic Design Awards were announced last night for the fourth year running, Vísir reports. The awards are handed out in two categories: Best Design and Best Design Investment. The winner in the first category was Marshall House, while the second went to the Blue Lagoon.
The aim of the Icelandic Design Awards is to emphasize the importance and quality of Icelandic design and architecture, as well as its importance in culture, society, and business. The awards come with a cash prize of ISK 1 million (USD 9,600/EUR 8,300).
The award jury’s review of the Blue Lagoon states:
“Design is an integral part of the company as a whole, which works closely with outstanding architects and designers across many fields. This forethought strongly contributes to the fact that the company has enjoyed obvious success and played a role in Iceland’s popularity as a destination. The Blue Lagoon is one of the best examples in Iceland that investment in good design pays for itself many times over.”
The holders of the Icelandic Design Award 2017 are Ásmundur Hrafn Sturluson and Steinþór Kári Kárason, Architects of Kurt og Pí, who led the design of the Marshall House in collaboration with ASK Architects. Marshall House is located in the old harbour of Reykjavík. The building was built in 1948 as a fish processing plant, and now houses galleries, a studio, and the Marshall Restaurant and Bar.
The award jury’s review of the Marshall House states:
“The project embodies the successful transformation of old industrial buildings for a new role in contemporary times. The architects have developed the project from the conceptual stage to implementation and led a broad group of parties to create a holistic work. The project embraced the history of the building and the context of its location well, and there will be a new destination for contemporary art in Reykjavik in an interesting, developing part of the city. Marshall House is a good example of how design methods create innovation within the urban environment.”