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ION City Hotel

Lead DesignersErla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir & Tryggvi Thorsteinsson
Project LocationReykjavík, Iceland
CreditsArt Gray Photography
Prize(s)Bronze in Architecture Categories / Other Architectural Designs
Entry Description

Conveniently located in the heart of Reykjavík is the newest addition to the ION family of luxury hotels—ION City Hotel. This idyllic sanctuary, designed by Minarc, juxtaposes the austere beauty and fiery drama of Iceland’s natural wonders and the City Center district where many of the coolest shops and hip bars call home. ION City Hotel offers a tranquil refuge within walking distance of Reykjavík’s bustling cultural quarter of novel restaurants, fashionable shops, first-rate art galleries and museums, and nightlife replete with a widely diverse and cutting edge music scene.


Minarc, located in Santa Monica, CA, was established by Erla Dögg and Tryggvi in 1999. The work of their practice ranges from small-scale renovations to new construction, in residential, commercial and public settings. Each project shares an emphasis on the blurring of distinction between interior and exterior spaces through the exploitation of natural light, creation of outdoor living rooms, and artistically framed views of nature.