The Salvation Army´s headquarters in Iceland by Teiknistofan Tröð

Red-colored building compromised with various functions

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The Salvation Army’s headquarters in Iceland is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik city centre, close to the main access road from the east. The facetted shape, characteristic roofscape and distinct colour makes it stand out from the surroundings as a focus point and local landmark. The building serves as a church, new community centre and headquarters for The Salvation Army in Iceland.

▼远景鸟瞰,aerial view of the building ©Claudio Parada Nunes

▼鸟瞰,建筑位于城市郊区,aerial view, building located at the outskirts of the city ©Claudio Parada Nunes

▼建筑外观,external view of the building ©Claudio Parada Nunes

▼丰富的立面的独特的屋顶,faceted form and characteristic roof ©Chris Lund


The program is organized on two floors of different sizes. The building provides rooms for a variety of activities and services to the public and the Salvation Army’s clients, like meetings, concerts, various welfare services, eatery/café and offices. The structure is spacious with high ceilings in the church and main halls on the first floor. Ceiling height varies greatly due to sloping roof surfaces that are visible indoors. Ceilings are carefully designed to give appropriate acoustic climate to every space in the building.

▼主入口,main entrance ©Chris Lund

entrance of the hall directly connected to the outdoor space ©Claudio Parada Nunes

▼宽敞的教堂和大厅,spacious church and hall with heigh ceiling ©Claudio Parada Nunes

▼变化的层高,various ceiling heights ©Hans-Olav Andersen

▼一侧墙壁设有彩色玻璃窗,stained glass windows on the wall ©Chris Lund

▼彩色玻璃窗细部,details of the stained glass windows ©Chris Lund

▼通高的多功能厅,double height multifunctional hall ©Claudio Parada Nunes

▼透过巨大的开窗看向室外风景,view to the outdoor landscape though large windows ©Claudio Parada Nunes

▼多功能厅二层,second floor space of the multifunctional hall ©Chris Lund


Guests enter the building through the main entrance at the north facade. The ground floor is mostly open to the public, on the upper floor are offices, technical rooms and storage area. Café/Eatery welcomes the guests with seating area to the north and south with veranda. Next to the café, on the west side, are two workshops for carpentry and crafts. At the centre of the building is the church and gathering hall with stage. Next to it is a multifunctional hall, with folding wall in between providing flexibility for large gatherings. To the east is another more private entrance. It has direct access to counsellor office and lounge area for smaller group sessions.

▼咖啡厅和餐厅,Cafe/Eatery ©Chris Lund

▼工作坊,workshop ©Chris Lund

▼儿童游戏室,play room for children ©Claudio Parada Nunes

▼东侧的休息室,lounge at the east side ©Claudio Parada Nunes


Large outdoor play area and vegetable garden are next to the building. Around the building are various verandas with roof overhang.

▼户外运动区,outdoor play area ©Claudio Parada Nunes

▼凉廊,veranda ©Claudio Parada Nunes


The main structure is in-situ concrete, external wall insulation according to local requirements and clad with fibre cement sheets of varying shades of red. The concrete is widely visible on the inside with a transparent surface coating. Floors are linoleum and most ceilings are custom designed in fire protected spruce. The building is heated with geothermal water in radiators and floor heating.

fibre cement sheets of varying shades of red ©Chris Lund

visible concrete structure and wooden ceilings ©Chris Lund

details of the acoustic ceiling ©Chris Lund

▼夜景,night view ©Chris Lund

▼总平面图,site plan ©Teiknistofan Tröð

▼一层平面图,first floor plan ©Teiknistofan Tröð

▼二层平面图,second floor plan ©Teiknistofan Tröð

▼立面图和剖面图,elevations and sections ©Teiknistofan Tröð

ARCHITECTS : Teiknistofan Tröð
ADDRESS : Laugavegur 26 / 101 Reykjavík / Iceland

PROJECT: The Salvation Army´s headquarters in Iceland
TYPOLOGY : Community center
LOCATION : Suðurlandsbraut 72 / 108 Reykjavík / Iceland
CLIENT : The Salvation Army

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING : Ferill verkfræðistofa
ACOUSTICS : Verkís verkfræðistofa
LIGHTING : Lota verkfræðistofa
HVAC : Ferill verkfræðistofa
ELECTRICAL DESIGN : Lota verkfræðistofa
FIRE ENGINEERING : Mannvit verkfræðistofa
LANDSCAPE : Kanon arkitektar

Structure : Concrete
Facade cladding : Cembrit fibercement panels
Flooring : Forbo Marmoleum Vivace Linoleum and ceramic tiles Ci.Si.
Interior walls: Exposed concrete and gypsum wall
Mobile walls: Mobila Habila SWG 600
Interior ceiling : Moelven FireGuard Spruce and Ecophone accoustics panels
Exterior ceiling : Moelven FireGuard Pine
Exterior curtainwalls : Schüco
Roofing : Icopal on mineral wool
Furniture and interior doors and windows : Custom designed with Egger laminate

PHOTOGRAPHS: Chris Lund (, Claudio Parada Nunes (, Hans-Olav Andersen (

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