Hljóðhimnar nominated to the Icelandic Design Awards 2022

Hljóðhimnar by Þykjó is nominated to the Icelandic Design Awards 2022.

Hljóðhimnar is a new experience center at Harpa Music hall in Reykjavík designed by ÞYKJÓ in collaboration with the Children's Council of ÞYKJÓ, Gagarín, and Irma. Þykjós's design approach was through a careful selection of materials and forms to stimulate all senses, including motor development, sense of balance, and sense of touch.

Gagarin and Irma Studio were responsible for designing and installing various audio installations in this alien world, where visitors could activate sounds and music through playful tangible interfaces.

From the jury:
Hljóðhimnar is an integrative and active experience that stimulates the senses in a beautiful manner through play. A unique experience space in Harpa, combining education and exploration. The design of this space was led by the interdisciplinary team ÞYKJÓ in partnership with Harpa, Gagarín, Vísindasmiðjan, IRMA, Áróra light design, Reykjavík Audio, Upptekið, The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Icelandic Opera, Maxímús Músíkús, Reykjavík Big Band and the ÞYKJÓ’s Kids Council where 100 kids between 5 and 7 years participated.

Intriguing, colorful, and warm setting for a wonder world of sound and music, with the aim to spark curiosity and inspiration. The planning of the space draws its inspiration from the ear and its anatomical shapes. Hljóðhimnar is exemplary for how quality design can play a large role in education through play while also sparking creativity in the minds of younger generations.

The Icelandic Design Award is established by Iceland Design and Architecture in collaboration with the Iceland University of the Arts, the Museum of Design and Applied Art, Promote Iceland, and SI - the Federation of Icelandic Industries.

The awards will take place on November 17th in Gróska.

Video: Sebastian Ziegler