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Thingvellir Architectural Myth

Lead Designers
Prize(s)Bronze in Architecture Categories / Landscape
Entry Description

An Architecture of Myth, Thingvellir, Iceland:
This large and multi-faceted building manipulates the threshold between the synthetic and the natural, employing shifts in composition of landscape and architecture to provide a heightened sensory awareness of the Icelandic landscape. Sited at Thingvellir, a World Heritage Site and therefore designated as 'belonging to all people', the building has equally important political and social
provisions; as a weekend retreat for migrant workers originating from warmer climes who currently suffer under the unusual climatic
conditions in the north of Iceland, and as a reconstruction of the parliamentary function of the historic site. Physical and
psychological comfort is provided by a series of mythically inspired design devices, each of which encourages the development of the important psychological notions of belonging, comfort and attachment to landscape via the traditional Icelandic activity of inventing myth.


2006-2008: The Bartlett, University College London.

Diploma Architecture: Distinction

Prizes awarded: Ambrose Poynter Prize, Leverhulme
Trust Bursary, Sir Andrew Taylor Prize, Victor Ka-
Shun Chu Prize, Dean?s List for Commendation in Thesis, Hamiltons Prize for Design Process nominee

2002-2005: The Bartlett, University College London.

Bsc Architecture: First Class Honours

1995-2002: King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

A Levels: mathematics (A), physics (A), art (A),
economics (A)