Prefabricated architecture, that is buildings constructed in a factory and transported to be assembled on-site, has been fundamental to the development of the urban fabric of Seyðisfjörður.

The exhibition PREFAB / FORSMÍÐ will consider three examples of European prefabricated housing as a means to reflect on the ways in which architecture determines how we live, and to invite reflection on what types of prefabricated housing are suitable for the future. 
The three examples of prefabricated architecture are from the 1800s to the present day. Each one approaches architecture in a different way. The first example is one of the timber catalogue houses from the late 1800s which were constructed in factories in Norway, dismantled and then re-built in Seyðisfjörður. The second is the 1951 holiday cabin which the modernist architect Le Corbusier (1887-1965) designed for himself. It was built by a carpentry firm in Corsica and transported to its site at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Cote-d’azure, France. The third project will be the Nest system by the Oslo based contemporary practice Rintala Eggertsson Architects, founded by Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson. Nest was developed in 2016 with a view to the migrant crisis and to explore the possibility of providing quality housing to families and individuals in the most dire situation.
To emphasize the aesthetic approach on the matter, the architecture installations will be put into atmospheric dialog with new artwork by three contemporary artists: Waterwork (Vatnaverk, 2020) by María Sjöfn Dupuis Davíðsdóttir, Your hand, my hand (2019) by Ingunn Fjóla Ingþórsdóttir, and Sparkle (Glit, 2020) by Arnór Kári Egilsson.   
In connection with the exhibition, Skaftfell and Guja Dögg have developed an art education project for primary school and high school students in East Iceland. The program is part of BRAS (Children’s Culture Festival) and List fyrir alla (Art for all).

Curated by: Guja Dögg Hauksdóttir
Opening: Saturday, September 26, 2020
14:00-18:00 in the Skaftfell gallery

The exhibition will be on view from September 26 to December 20, 2020. Free entry.

Opening times: Wed-Sat 12:00-16:00.
Closed Sun-Tue.

Photos: © Pasi Aalto – Rintala Eggertsson Architects; © Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur


26.09.2020 - 20.12.2020

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Skaftfell- Center for Visual Art
Austurvegur 42, 710 Seyðisfjörður
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