The Marshall House, originally built in 1948 as a herring factory, is a new art venue by Reykjavík’s Old Harbour. Architects Ásmundur Hrafn Sturluson and Steinþór Kári Kárason of Kurt og Pí led the project’s design in collaboration with ASK arkitektar. “The project embodies the successful conversion of an old, industrial building into a new, contemporary space. The architects developed the project all the way from the conceptual phase and brought together a diverse group of people to bring it to completion. They did a great job of incorporating the building’s history and the context of the locale. The result is a new destination in an interesting area that is developing in the city. This project is a good example of how the methods of design bring about innovation in the urban environment.”
The Icelandic Design Award honors the best Icelandic design and architecture annually. The importance of design in our society, culture and business is growing steadily. It is therefore vital to increase understanding of good design and underline the importance of quality.
Celebrating achievement and excellence, the Icelandic Design Award is given to a designer, a team, a studio or an architect for an outstanding new work, object, project or collection.
The award is given to a recent project that demonstrates creative thinking, resourceful solutions, thorough presentation and professional methodology throughout the design process.
Best investment in design recognizes successful investment in design or architecture in the past year. It handed over to a company that has incorporated design in the core of its operations to create value and increase competitiveness.
The Icelandic Design Award is established by the Iceland Design Centre in collaboration with the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Museum of Design and Applied Art.
The nominated designers must be members of one of the founding associations of the Iceland Design Centre, or professionals in their field in order to be considered for the Icelandic Design Award. The work needs to be completed in the past two to three years prior to date in order to be considered for the award.
The winner of the Icelandic Design Award 2015 receives ISK 1,000,000, granted by the Ministry of Industries and Innovation.