Kornhús 01.06.2013 to 01.01.2015

Futuristic Visions and the Rise of the Old

To many people, the old centre of Reykjavík has a unique character, with its eclectic mixture of small-scale old wooden buildings and big modernist and postmodernist architecture.

Framtíðarþrá og fortíðarhyggja

Wood and corrugated iron in a dialogue with concrete and mirrored glass.
Perhaps it is that very heterogeneity that lends old Reykjavík its charm: is the heart of Reykjavík a miscellany of unfinished ideas?
This exhibition explores the development and evolution of the oldest part of Reykjavík: we look at a grandiose city plan of ambitious futuristic vision for a motor metropolis with gigantic redevelopment schemes that never got off the drawing board. We see old buildings which have disappeared, and others which have been saved and gained a new lease of life, as well as those which have been adapted to new functions in keeping with social change. And we see how the streets tell the story of a city that is in a constant state of evolution. A never-ending story.
The exhibition is the work of students of Applied Studies in Culture and Communication at the University of Iceland.



Árbær Open Air Museum


110 Reykjavík

Tel: (+354) 411 6304


Opening hours

Opening hours

Sept-May 13:00-17:00

June-August 10:00-17:00

Guided tours daily all year round at 13:00.

Included in admission, no need to pre-book.

Christmas & New Year

24 Dec only guided tour at 13:00, 25 Dec closed, 26 Dec only guided tour at 13:00, 31 Dec only guided tour 13:00, 1 Jan closed.

Guided tours in English for groups (10+) are available throughout the year by appointment.





1,740 ISK

Children (0-17 years)

Free admission


Free admission

Students with student card

1,120 ISK

Reykjavík Culture Year Pass

6,500 ISK

City Card holders

Free admission

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