Early Concrete Building in Reykjavík, Iceland

In the early 20th century, concrete became a popular construction material in Reykjavík. One of the earliest examples is at Austurstræti 16. Apotekið (The Pharmacy) was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson in 1930 with this whimsical ornamentation resembling a Viking. Samúelsson became the country’s most prolific and famous designer. As the State Architect, he was also responsible for the city’s urban planning. His signature work is Hallgrimskirkja Church, a masterful project that was not finished until 36 years after his death.

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Austurstræti 16, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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