Reykjavik Lights Hotel by Tark and HAF
by Harry / November 3, 2013


Unique color palettes expressing the colors of Icelandic days combined with typography built on ancient runes are just two of the eye-catching features of a collaborative design for Iceland's Reykjavik Lights Hotel.



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A new concept hotel managed by Keahotels, the hotel is a collaboration between architecture studio Tark, and HAF, Hafsteinn Juliusson, who was responsible for the concept, interior and visual design of the hotel.


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"The ever changing source of light in Iceland and how it reflects Icelanders in everyday life was the inspiration for the hotel." says Tark.


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"A key element in the concept is a unique visual calendar built on the Icelandic daylight and inspired by the old ancient Icelandic calendar that is called 'Rímtafla'."


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The Rímtafla visual calendar is divided into 12 parts and distributed onto 12 corridors of the hotel. Each corridor represents one month of the year, and all the rooms are linked to a specific day in the ancient Icelandic calendar creating an individual experience for guests.


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"The rooms are decorated with unique color palettes expressing the colors of the days and artworks inside the rooms demonstrate local traditions and experiences distinctive for each season, like the Northern lights or the Midnight sun."


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105 custom made wallpapers produced for the hotel.


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"Throughout the Hotel you can see various decorations and information about Icelandic culture, history and light."


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Reykjavik Lights' visual identity was developed in collaboration with graphic designer Sveinn Þorri Davíðsson.


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The typography is built on ancient Icelandic runes and the color scheme is an interpretation of Icelandic light.


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Photos: Gunnar Sverrisson & Vigfús Birgisson.


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