Hof Cultural Center

The history of Hof Culture Society goes back for a little over a decade. The decision of it´s construction was taken in 1999 as the need for a good facility for concerts and other artistic events was undisputed.

In 1999 the government of Iceland decided to allocate funds for the development of cultural houses outside of the Reykjavík area with the aim to reinforce the facilities for cultural and artistic operations while strengthening the operations of that sector. In a government meeting on February 11, 2003 they decided to allocate 1 billion IKR to construct cultural houses in Akureyri and Vestmannaeyjar. On April 7 that same year Tómas Ingi Olrich, the minister of culture and education at that time and Kristján Þór Júlíusson, the mayor of Akureyri at that time, signed an agreement on the construction of a cultural building in Akureyri.  A management for the project was established, which made a proposal about the operations of the planned cultural house. The house was supposed to be about 3500 m2 and the overall cost would not be more than 1,2 billion IKR at the price of april 2003.

The project management reported to the ministry of culture and education and the municipality of Akureyri in the beginning of November 2003. The report for example stated that the cultural house in Akureyri would be situated on the landfilling south of Strandgata and east of Glerárgata. That there would be an official competition for the design of the house according to the rules of competition of the Icelandic Architect Society (Arkitektafélag Íslands) and there would be a panel of judges with 5 people to oversee the competition and deliver their conclusion to the ministry of culture and education and the municipality of Akureyri. The panel of judges to implement this was then appointed.

The opening festivities of Hof and the initiation of the building were held at Akureyrarvaka (Akureyri town festival) August 27th to 29th 2010.

 

Location

The Hof Cultural Centre is located in the centre of Akureyri and is one of the town´s landmarks. The main entrance of Hof faces northwest. The house has a view in all directions. You can also exit and enter the building from the southeast end. The main entrance has a sliding door and the south entrance has a swing door.

The entrance from the south side of the building is very appealing for people sailing small boats, that wharf by the pier adjacent to the building.  You can also enter the building through the hallway but the opening of that entrance depends on the events taking place each time.

Parking

Parking spaces are north and east of the building and the side walks and walking areas are heated. The parking spaces have general lighting and the walking areas also have lighting.