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.

Awards:

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

Architect; Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir

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 Lilliendahl, Maria Sjöfn Dupuis, Steinunn Halldórsdóttir

Engineering: Hönnun, now Mannvit (1st phase)

Landscaping: Storð (1st phase)

Contractor: ÍAV/Atafl

Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson, Rafn Sigurbjörnsson