The footbridge to Ráðhús Reykjavíkur

Ráðhús Reykjavíkur (Reykjavik City Hall) sits by the Tjörnin (pond) in Reykjavík. An elegant building, supposedly over 200 years of discussion preceded its commission in 1987. Municipal and national government work on a smaller scale than most other countries in Europe, and I think the footbridge entrance to the City Hall somehow reflects this. A very down-to-earth, practical and harmonious approach, like many Icelandic solutions.

A storm gathers over the harbour, and the ducks gather around the bridge, thinking they’re going to get fed. They know they’re on to a good thing: everybody with kids seems to come down to feed the wildfowl on the city pond.

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