KAUPTÚN SHOPPING CENTER

Project: Shopping center, 22.000 m2, Garðabær, Iceland
Status: Completed in 2009, 1.prize in an invited competition in 2006
Collaborators:  Ask Architects

Located in a suburban retail-park the shopping center stands at the foot of a grassy hill, on which there’s planned a mixed- use development. By merging the building with the hill above the “backside” of the house is rendered invisible. The two main facades of the house – which in this case are the front facade and the roof – are then given distinctly different characters. The green roof becomes a natural extension of the hill above while the front façade is given a super-commercial appearance.