Austurvöllur, Reykyavik, Iceland, 2009

This square in old town Reykjavik is surrounded by the parliament building, the city's oldest church Domkirkja, the hotel Borg, and the dance club NASA. Alpingishúsid (the parliament house) is a classical 19th century structure. The building was designed by Danish architect Ferdinand Meldahl and built using hewn dolerite during 1880 to 1881. Alpingishúsid has also housed the Icelandic national library and antiquaries collection.

Even in this cold climate [10-12˚C during the summer months] basic need for public space with the opportunity for reading the newspaper on the bench in the downtown park – square or simple socialising, people waching etc. is fullfiled.

Attempt to plant some flowers, and very rare sight in Iceland, mature trees, is also noticeable.

*** photos by ken grunberg
and una janicijevic,
VR by urbansquares

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sociability
7
ceremonial
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uses & activities
8
religious
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access & linkages
8
social
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comfort
8
residential
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image
8
court yard
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tourist value
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with park
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total
46
street, shopping
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