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Gufunes, Masterplan for film city - Reykjavik, IS

This winner of an international urban design competition proposes a strategy for the redevelopment of an area of approximately 140 hectares, north-east of the city centre. The concept considers the area as a programmatic overflow area for downtown Reykjavík.

The city centre can hardly cope with increasing (touristic) pressure. Gufunes will be the unpolished antidote, a haven for starters, urban pioneers and creative businesses. The existing large industrial halls have been acquired by a large film company as studios. This has attracted a number of other companies related to the movie industry and has kickstarted the redevelopment. The film city programs have become a catalyst for the development of the rest of the area.

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This project is the winning proposal of an international urban design competition in Gufunes, Reykjavik for a strategic redevelopment of an area of approximately 140 hectares.


We won with a proposal that considers this area as an overflow for downtown Reykjavik. The city can hardly cope with the increasing (touristic) pressure in the center. Gufunes will be the unpolished antidote, a haven for starters, urban pioneers and creative businesses.



The spatial strategy provides a framework with conditions for a phased transformation. A grid generates flexible conditions for the re-development of existing and construction of new buildings. It creates conditions for urban pioneers to come settle in the area. A public coastal path keeps the sea accessible for the public.



The existing large industrial halls on site have been acquired by a large film company to be used as film studios. This has attracted a number of other companies related to the movies industry. The film industry has kickstarted the redevelopment and the film city programs have become a catalyzer for the development of the rest of the area.



A crucial element is the proposed waterbus service, making Gufunes accessible for commuters and tourists in an environmentally friendly way. Around the small businesses, cafes and restaurants, a hotel, residential buildings, leisure and outdoor program will be concentrated.



The masterplan will guide Gufunes to become a new destination in Reykjavik.





Project data

NameGufunes, Masterplan for film city - Reykjavik, IS
Area40.000 m²
Year2017
Statusinternational competition 1st prize, ongoing
ClientMunicipality of Reykjavík
CollaborationsVSO-Reykjavík
Design collaborationsurbanism and landscape; Felixx
Design teamOrri Steinarsson, Jaakko van 't Spijker, Paul van den Bergh, Julio Gil Farina, Jesse Wijnen, Dimitrios Andrinopoulos, Carolina Eboli, Federica Gianonne, Zoi Kokogia
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