In 2008, Graeme Massie Architects won the international design competition for the urban planning of Vatnsmyri in Reykjavik, and have subsequently supported the City of Reykjavik in developing proposals for integration into the Municipal Plan.

Vatnsmyri is an area of around 200 hectares near the centre of Reykjavik, which is currently occupied by the domestic airport; however, the municipal plan calls for the airport to be relocated, releasing land for the development essential to ensure that Reykjavik can retain the character of the existing centre (101) while meeting the needs of the future.

The urban plan establishes a reciprocal relationship with 101; between built fabric and topography/geography; integrates with the existing infrastructure and built fabric; is wholly sustainable and removes development pressure from 101. The creation of this new district is at once both recognisable and distinct, urban in character but intrinsically linked to the Icelandic landscape.

The district is predominantly arranged as a responsive grid structure. In addition to the retention of key city-wide views to major landmarks, the grid also traces the alignment of the two principal runways of the existing airport and connects into the existing road network.








City of Reykjavik


Winner, International Competition

2008 - 2020

ALTA ehf.

Masterplan completed

Outline proposals complete and adopted by Local Authority into the Municipal Plan.