Guðjón Samúelsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Guðjón.
Guðjón Samúelsson
Born Guðjón Samúelsson
16 April 1887
Died 25 April 1950(1950-04-25) (aged 63)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Nationality Icelandic
Known for Architecture
Notable work Hallgrímskirkja, University of Iceland, National Theatre of Iceland, Akureyrarkirkja, and many others buildings

Guðjón Samúelsson (16 April 1887 – 25 April 1950) was a State Architect of Iceland.

Notable designs include main building of the University of Iceland, the National Theatre of Iceland, the Landakot Roman Catholic Cathedral in Reykjavík and the Church of Akureyri; however his final and most recognized work is the Hallgrímskirkja church, which was commissioned in 1937. Many of his designs were said to be inspired by the natural geology of Iceland, especially the basalt columns such as those at Svartifoss.

Other works[edit]

  • Sundhöllin swimming pool.
  • Museum of local history in Kópasker
  • The house in the corner Austurstræti / Pósthússtræti, Reykjavík, built in 1916/1917, is the first large building in Iceland. it was influenced by Art Nouveau and Danish Nationalist Romanticism and ornated with statues by Einar Jónsson. Inside the building, there was an agency of Landsbankinn and the Reykjavíkurapótek that opened in 1930. After its closure, the restaurant Apótekið moved in[1][2]
  • Landspítalinn[1][2]
  • Hótel Borg[1][2]
  • Héraðsskólinn school house. Constructed in 1928, the school has since been converted into a hostel. [3]


  1. ^ a b c The Building that Shaped the City Austurstræti 16
  2. ^ a b cæti-16
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