Einar Thorsteinn

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Einar Thorsteinn (1942–April 28, 2015) was an Icelandic architect with an interest in geometrical structures.[1] Thorsteinn was a follower of Buckminster Fuller and he worked with polyhedral and spherical shapes. He graduated from Technical University of Hannover. He worked with Frei Otto from 1969-1972 helping to design the Munich Olympiapark for the 1972 Summer Olympics. He then started the Constructions Lab in Iceland and experimented with tensile structures.[2] He started a long collaboration with artist Olafur Eliasson. Early results from the collaboration included geodesic dome structures, he also worked with cells with fivefold symmetry used in the Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall.[3] He also worked with Guillermo Trotti to design mobile lunar research laboratories for NASA.


  1. ^ Wisniewski, Katherine (May 6, 2015). "Architectural Mad Scientist Einar Thorsteinn Passes Away at 73". curbed.com. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Ingenuity - Einar Thorsteinn". Icelandic Times (7). 2011. Archived from the original on 2015-05-27. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  3. ^ Eliasson, Olafur (6 May 2015). "Einar Thorsteinn (1942–2015)". olafureliasson.net. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015.