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Bláa lónið, SPA


Design: Verkís

Scope: Lighting design

Project type: Wellbeing

Location: The BLue Lagoon, Svartsengi, Grindavík, Iceland

Year: First phase (1995-1998). Second phase (2005-2007)

Size: 6.000 sq. m

Client: Eldvörp hf

Status: Completed

Awards & nominations: 

  • The Nordic Lighting Prize 2002 - Nominated

  • Mies van der Rohe Award 2000 - Nominated

  • Icelandic Tourist Board Prize 2000

  • Reykjanes Environmental Award 2000

  • DV Architecture Prize 1999

  • Elec 2000 Paris - invitation

Design Team:

  • First phase (1995-1998)

    • Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir (project architect), Anna Sigríður Jóhannesdóttir, Edda Þórsdóttir, Richard Ólafur Briem, Sigurður Björgúlfsson, Steinunn Halldórsdóttir​

  • Second Phase (2005-2007)​

    • Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir (project architect), Ingunn Lillendahl, María Sjöfn Dupuis, Steinunn Halldórsdóttir

  • Engineering: Hönnun (now Mannvit) - First phase​

  • Landscaping: Storð ( First phase)

  • Contractor: ÍAV / Atafl

Photography: Courtesy of Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson, Rafn Sigurbjörnsson

Named in 2012 as one of National Geographic’s “25 Wonders of the World,“ Blue Lagoon has evolved from its infancy as a reservoir of geothermal runoff into a world of geothermal wonder. The unique properties of its waters provide not only an enchanting lagoon experience, but also the patented, active ingredients in Blue Lagoon skin care: silica, algae, and minerals. Blue Lagoon is located in a sprawling, 800 ­year ­old lava field in the heart of the Reykjanes Peninsula – a UNESCO Geopark. Lighting was sensibly integrated into the architectural design of the building and the stunning surrounding nature.

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