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Coordinates: 64°10.007′N 21°40.714′W / 64.166783°N 21.678567°W / 64.166783; -21.678567

Sundlaugin (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈsʏntløijɪn], the swimming pool) is a recording studio located near Álafoss, in the town of Mosfellsbær in Iceland. It was converted from a drained, abandoned swimming pool built in the 1930s and adjacent buildings.[1] It is owned by the post-rock band Sigur Rós.[2]

The band originally intended to record their third album, entitled ( ), in an abandoned NATO tracking base in the northernmost mountain in Iceland, but after inspection decided it was too impractical. Shortly after they found the abandoned pool lot in a rural neighborhood in Mosfellsbær. They bought the lot and transformed it into a studio. In order to fit the massive mixing console into the building, part of the roof was opened up and the console was lowered with a crane.[3]

Much of the band's photography and artwork is taken from the surrounding landscape, such as the art found on the first album recorded in the studio, ( ).[4]

The recording studio has also been used for recording, mixing and mastering (usually assisted by the studio's sound engineer Birgir Jón "Biggi" Birgisson) by a wide group of other, mainly Icelandic, artists including[5] Agent Fresco, The Album Leaf, Alcest, amiina,[2] Amusement Parks on Fire,[6] Andŕum,[7] Beneath, Benni Hemm Hemm,[8] Bubbi Morthens, For a Minor Reflection, Jakobínarína, Julianna Barwick,[9] Kira Kira,[10] Mugison,[2] Múm,[11] Ólöf Arnalds,[12] Pétur Ben,[13] Retro Stefson, Trevor Geir, Self Defense Family, Ske, Slowblow,[14] Steindór Andersen, and Storsveit Nix Noltes.


  1. ^ "About the studio". Archived from the original on 2008-01-26. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  2. ^ a b c "iZotope Artist Interview - Birgir Jón Birgisson (Sigur Rós, Sundlaugin Studio)". Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  3. ^ "sigur rós - trivia". Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  4. ^ "sigur rós - discography » ( )". Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  5. ^ "clients". Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  6. ^ "Amusement Parks On Fire - ‘magical and intense’ - Galway Advertiser - January 29, 2009.". Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  7. ^ Andvakar (liner notes). Andŕum. 2008. 
  8. ^ Benni Hemm Hemm (liner notes). Benni Hemm Hemm. 2006. 
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  10. ^ Our Map to the Monster Olympics (liner notes). Kira Kira. 2008. 
  11. ^ Summer Make Good (liner notes). Múm. Fat Cat. 2004. 
  12. ^ Við Og Við (liner notes). Ólöf Arnalds. 12Tónar. 2007. 
  13. ^ Wine For My Weakness (liner notes). Pétur Ben. 12 Tónar. 2006. 
  14. ^ Nói Albínói (liner notes). Slowblow. 12 Tónar. 2004. 

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