An Icelandic hotel’s interior received a facelift with a mixture of industrial minimalism and high-end design. Cold Scandinavian atmosphere, luxury, palm trees, and hospital tiles.

There is a famous building in downtown Reykjavík, built in 1940, which once was a mall, and now functions as the hotel, Oddson. Its fourth and fifth floors were renovated this year, the redesign was done by Daniel Atlason and Hordur Kristbjornsson from Döðlur Studio. It’s hard to find the words for the visceral impression the new interior gives, but could be described as a mixture of brutalism and minimalism.


Oddson is in transition from hostel to hotel - on it’s curved corridors you can find both luxurious private suites and hostel-style rooms filled with bunk beds. This feeling of transition also appears in the common areas. This is demonstrated most notably in the restaurant, which can be described as fine-dining establishment with a sound-proof karaoke room placed directly in the center of the space. The cold, blue-green tiled flooring might be found in any common Eastern-European hospital, but here they become chic in combination with the complementary design furniture found throughout the space. 

Cult design furniture by the likes of Pierre Jeanneret and Ettore Sottsass appear all over the place, along with a lot of other beautiful items. This is what makes this concept unique and exciting. Metal cast palms next to real palm trees and lush sofa that remind you of layered rock beds are just a few examples of the juxtaposition of industrial and organic design, and Oddson is full of these interesting elements.

Photos: Yellowtrace, via Ari Magg