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Jagged geometry in Reykjavik


Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik,  September 2018

This striking, spiky church is the work of architect Guðjón Samúelsson, who was influenced in his design work by the rocky and mountainous landscape of Iceland, especially the jagged shapes created by lava’s impact on basalt rock.

The church was commissioned in 1937, but the construction work did not finish until 1986. Forty one years of labour resulted in the tallest building in Reykjavik, standing 74.5 metres tall, and gazing down on the whole city.






Copyright Debbie Smyth, 3 January 2019

Posted as part of Cee’s B&W

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