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A visual intriguing interplay between opacity and translucency that recalls the architecture of the Museum

Nestled on the fourth floor of the iconic Perlan Museum in Reykjavik, the newly renovated gift store is a harmonious fusion of architectural heritage and contemporary innovation. This space seamlessly integrates the original structure designed by Ingimundur Sveinsson in the early '90s with a new, explosive yet refined addition, creating a visual symphony that pays homage to the museum's defining feature: the striking contrast between its imposing monolithic volumes below (round silos) and the ethereal light elements above (the glass dome). Here, a captivating interplay between opacity and translucency unfolds.


Designed with meticulous attention to detail, the store's diagonal displays beckon visitors to explore every nook and cranny, artfully guiding them toward the simple yet bold central counter. Semi-transparent ceiling pendant dividers, each with its unique finish, seamlessly harmonize with the awe-inspiring panoramic view from the glass dome. They also filter the abundant natural light, casting ever-changing patterns across the museum's core. Long curved garment racks gracefully follow the store's perimeter, optimizing the use of the less accessible space beneath the dome's gentle incline.


A deliberate choice of a limited color palette, comprising various shades of grey, acts as a neutral canvas, allowing the vibrant tones of blue and red to take center stage. Red lava rocks and crimson chairs & stools pay homage to the region's fresh volcanic lava, while the blue, semi-transparent room dividers evoke the grandeur of Icelandic waterfalls. These design elements symbolize a celebration of the local natural wonders that Perlan Museum holds dear.


As a poignant reminder of the urgent issue of melting glaciers and rising sea levels, a central display takes the form of melting ice, underscoring the importance of sustainability. This thoughtfully curated selection of sustainable products within the store serves as a stark visual commentary on the climate crisis.


Beyond the counter, a welcoming space awaits visitors, offering three distinct types of seating to cater to diverse needs. Here, patrons can savor food and beverages purchased within the store, enveloped by an atmosphere that echoes the museum's commitment to design innovation.

-Metal dividers by Kriskadecor

-Custom-made furniture by Mobilificio Lorenzi

-Recycled plastic table tops by The Good Plastic Company 

-Poufs by Pedrali

-Chairs & Stools by HAY

Reykjavik, Iceland

Perlan - Wonders of Iceland

Pictures by Gunnar Sverrisson


September 2023

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