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Old Harbour, Reykjavik, Iceland

Winner, International Competition, 2009

After winning first prize in an International Design Competition, Graeme Massie Architects were commissioned by Reykjavik City Council and the Icelandic Port Authority to develop detailed framework plans for the masterplanning of Reykavik’s Old Harbour.


Though still an operating port, the city’s fishing fleet and larger vessels have moved to a newer deep water facility. Our plan provides a timeline for the phased decommissioning of the port and redevelopment of the harbour as a low-rise, mixed-use extension of the historic city centre. Simultaneously, it reinvisages the harbour as a leisure landscape, maintaining the operation of the port for small scale fishing vessels, recreational sailing, cruise ships and tourist boats.


The framework plan was completed in 2012 and acts as statutory guidance for future development within the harbour area.

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