Geomimicry in Iceland: Samuelsson’s Basalt Formations



Hallgrimskirkja Church, Skolavorduholt (Reykjavik). 1937-86. State Architect Guojon Samuelsson.

National Theater of Iceland. Hverfisgata 19, Reykjavik. 1928-1950. State Architect Guojon Samuelsson.

Akureyri Church and Parish Centre. Akureyri. State Architect Guojon Samuelsson. 1938-40.


Geomimicry in Iceland and Everywhere: Mountains + Hills


Seltjarnarnes Church. 1979-1989. Kirkjubraut, Seltjarnarnes. Hordur Bjornsson and Hordur Hordarson.

City of Culture de Galicia. Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Under construction as of 2011.  Eisenman Architects.

Carved mountains/hills. Images are from Achitectural Record website.

“The design evolves from the superposition of three sets of information. First, the street plan of the medieval center of Santiago is overlaid on a topographic map of the hillside site (which overlooks the city). Second, a modern Cartesian grid is laid over these medieval routes.
Third, through computer modeling software, the topography of the hillside is allowed to distort the two flat geometries, thus generating a topological surface that repositions old and new in a simultaneous matrix never before seen.”

MAD Fake Hils. 2008. China. MAD.

Denia Mountain. 2002. Denia, Alicante, Spain. Guallart Architects.