The new Radio District - Efstaleiti - is located on a hill, centrally in Reykjavik, with great views over the city and the mountains. The vision for the area was to create a dense urban environment combined with qualities usually associated with sub-urban areas, such as private gardens, plenty of daylight and spectacular views to the surroundings.
Maximising sun and views
South of the Broadcasting building there is a series of freestanding apartment blocks, where every apartment has windows in at least two directions. On the northern part of the area, the classic courtyard block typology is broken up into smaller units with different heights. The northern buildings are higher and the southern buildings lower in order to maximise sunlight and views. An unusually high number of flats have private gardens or roof gardens, which is made possible by the heights differences.
The northernmost buildings have retail and service units on the ground level and a space dedicated to a café that connects the street to one of the courtyards.