16/06/22 - 31/08/22
About the Exhibition
Over the last months, the Museum of Design and Applied Art has been archiving the work of the architect Högna Sigurðardóttir (1929 – 2017).
Högna was born in the Westman Islands in 1929. She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1949-1960.
Högna lived and worked most of her life in France. She designed five villas that were built in Iceland in the seventies which have now become a valuable part of Icelandic architectural heritage Among those, Bakkaflöt 1 in Garðabær is the most renowned (only a 10 min walk from the museum). This house was nominated as one of the 100 most significant buildings of the 20th century in northern and central Europe in a publication of an international overview of architecture. Högna also designed a swimming pool in Kópavogur but only a part of her vision for that project was materialized.
During the archiving work a number of drawings of unbuilt houses was discovered. The purpose of this project is to do research on these drawings and make models of two of them: Gnitavegur 10 (now Gnitanes) in Skerjafjörður and Fjólugata 29 in The Westman Islands.