the Nordic House in Reykjavík!!! 💖

I totally fell in love with it!!

As said elsewhere, the first impression was that of an unassuming, easily unadverted building. 

But this modest magic of its designer, the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, shines in all its glory once inside:

The central space (the high-class restaurant is front-left on the upper image), with the offices and rooms for different purposes around it. Everything (from each piece of the furniture to the lamps on the ceilings and tables) is direct design by Aalto.

It transported me back again to the sixties or seventies of the 20th century. And, curiously, it also reminded me of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. What a wonderful feeling!!! (now they call it vintage). Works of local artists hang on the walls.

The beautiful library. The whole experience was that of feeling warmly welcomed in all and every corner (starting by the kindness of the staff in the reception office at the entrance of the building).

From the middle of the library you descend to the artotec, a modest but growing repository of graphic art creations free to look at, which can be taken home borrowed for a period of time. Thanks to the lady in charge of the library and the artotec for her hospitality!!

I promise to visit again next year!

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