The Building

The groundbreaking for Hof was Saturday July 15, 2006 but constructions began in August 2006. When the construction of the building´s foundation began a signifant subsidence emerged and the soil also did not sink as fast everywhere and did not sink as much everywhere and as a result the decision was made to build a basement under the whole house.

Because of the enlargement in the form of a basement of 2300 m2 and various changes in the designing phase the house was 537 m2 larger than originally planned. The change can be explaned for example because of a larger restaurant area, shopping space, music school and the hallway in front of the music hall along with other various reforms made in the designing phase. The premises for the project therefore changed considerably from the competiton data, i.e. the gross size of the building went from 3500 m2 to 7413 m2.

The columnar basalt on the outside boarding of the building originates in a mine in Hreppshólar in Hrunamannahreppur.  The total weight of the basalt is 300 tonns and the area is 1600 m2.

The main designer of the cultural centre is Arkþing. The company´s main associate partners were:

  • Arkitema, Fredriksgade 32, DK-8000 Århus
  • TÓV ehf., Óðinstorgi 7, 101 Reykjavík (load bearing capacity)
  • VST ehf., Glerárgötu 30, 600 Akureyri (earth work – steel panel)
  • VN ehf., Hofsbót 4, 600 Akureyri (installation and air conditioning)
  • Raftákn ehf., Glerárgata 34, 600 Akureyri (electrical installation and control system)
  • Akustikon AB, Baldursgatan 4, 411 02 Göteborg (technical design)
  • VSI ehf., Hamraborg 11, 200 Kópavogur (fire prevention design)

Helstu verktakar voru:

  • Árni Helgason (soil exchange and foundation design service)
  • Ístak hf (concrete work)
  • Rafmenn ehf. (electrical system)
  • Útrás ehf (steel construction)
  • Klemenz Jónsson ehf, (linoleum work)
  • Völvusteinn ehf (plaster walls e.t.c.)
  • Blikkrás ehf (air conditioning)
  • KONE ehf (elevators)
  • Málningarmiðstöðin (painting)
  • Magnús Gíslason ehf (plastering)
  • Haraldur Helgason (plumbing)