A Guide to Icelandic Architecture
To mark the occasion of Reykjavik being one of the nine European Cities of Culture for the year 2000, the Association of Icelandic Architects decided to puplish a compact guide to Icelandic Architecture.
The guide opens with surveys of Icelandic architectural history and the development of Reykjavik, followed by the main body of the book, which covers individual works of architecture in Reykjavík and the regions. A descriptive text and quality colour photograph(s) accompany each building featured. Maps of Reykjavík and Iceland are included, marked with numbers referring to each entry.
Around 250 works are discussed in the book. The selection aims to present the main themes in Icelands´s architectural history and illustrate its diversity and fertility. These include the turf farmhouse whose roots strech back to the Viking Age, corrugated-iron-clad timber houses in romantic Swiss-chalet style, dignified stone houses and classical buildings in classical vein, progressive functionalist buildings, variations on 20th-century modernist themes, and much more.
The book is 206 pages in convenient handbook form with over 300 colour photographs. It´s size is about 14 x 24 cm. The book is available in English (also in Icelandic) from the Association of Icelandic Architects.
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