Reykjavik Lights is a new concept hotel managed by Keahotels. The hotel design is a collaboration between architecture studio Tark and HAF. Team HAF developed the concept, interior and visual design of the hotel. The concept revolves around Iceland’s ever-changing light conditions and how they reflect Icelandic everyday life. A key element is the hotel’s unique visual calendar. Inspired by the ancient Icelandic calendar ‘Rímtafla’, it reflects the year-round daylight conditions in Iceland.
The visual calendar ‘Rímtafla’ is divided by months and distributed onto 12 corridors. Each corridor represents a month of the year and each room is linked to a specific day in the ancient Icelandic calendar. The rooms are decorated with unique color palettes expressing Iceland’s unique color spectrums. Artworks inside the rooms demonstrate local and seasonal traditions and circumstances, such as the Northern lights or the Midnight sun. In all, 105 custom made wallpapers were produced for the hotel. Throughout the hotel you will find various decorations and information about Icelandic culture, history and light.
Reykjavik Lights’ visual identity was developed in collaboration with graphic designer Sveinn Þorri Davíðsson. The typography is based on ancient Icelandic runes and the color scheme is an interpretation of the Icelandic light.