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ODDSSON – Hotel & hostel / a very odd ho(s)tel indeed

ODDSSON is a new establishment in Reykjavík, Iceland, launching its first hotel/hostel project in May 2016. Located in one of the most famous buildings in Iceland? JL HÚSIÐ (JL HOUSE). ODDSSON´s accommodation is on the 4th and 5th floors and the reception is on the ground level. The noticeable warehouse building is an architectural monument from the 1940s, located directly on the west bank of center of Reykjavík. It offers a spectacular view over the Faxaflói (Faxbay).

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“In Iceland everything is a bit offbeat, a bit unexpected. We like to set our own trends and follow our own formulas. We’ve never been particularly good at being told how things should be done. Ask us for a burger with fries and you will find the fries on the burger itself, sandwiched between the bread. We are bold and like to go our own way. We can seem a bit quirky at times, a bit odd even, since our men knit and our women rule the country. We are ahead of time. But mostly, we don’t like the concept of time. ODDSSON encapsulates this way of thinking. It is bright, positive and inspirational. It has an innately honest atmosphere. Life at ODDSSON will exist in its own time. There is no emphasis on rushing from point A to point B. If the elevator is slow, then it’s slow. But guests will enjoy the best elevator music in the world during the ride. ODDSSON is a unique entity in the arena of global ho(s)tel establishments. The brand has its distinctive voice in the combination of local characteristics and world-class design masterpieces. In short, ODDSSON is a place where design, art, and cuisine merge with the borderless ideals of hospitality and comfort.” – ODDSSON

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“In a nutshell, the concept behind ODDSSON is high meets low culture – “taking different extremes and mixing them together”. This simple but very strong idea not only gave us design compass but also the freedom to make a totally different hostel from what we are used to. So basically we are mixing high and low culture together and leaving everything main stream out.  For example, there is a luxurious hotel suite next to the bunk-beds, we are putting a karaoke room (soundproofed) in the middle of a fine dining restaurant, there will be Caviar on the take away menu and we will be putting our own ODDSSON custom made furnitures next to an extremely rare Pierre Jeanneret chair and Tomasso Barbi floor lamp.   Hence, the design brief became some sort of a combination of styles. Mix of minimal and brutal.” – Dodlur

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Dodlur:

The concept behind ODDSSON is a contrast high and low culture, leaving everything mainstream out. This simple idea has served both as a design compass but also the freedom to create something very different from the hotels and hostels we are used to.

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There is a happy marriage between the integrity of the industrial architecture found in the original warehouse building, and Döðlur’s own eclectic aesthetic and custom pieces. The custom made pieces are inspired by the creativity that can be found in factories where leftover material, for example pipes and blue profiles, is used to create simple, raw but beautiful furniture.

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ODDSSON is a gallery for furniture lovers the mix of our own design and furniture masterpieces from late last century. A lot of effort has been put into a nice collection of furniture with very rare design gems from the likes of: Pierre Jeanneret, Augusto Bozzi, Pierre Paulin, Pierre Chapo, Mario Bellini, Tobia Scarpa, Alessandro Becci, Paul Evans, Ettore Sottsass, Mario Botta, Alessandro Mendini, Gerrit Rietveld, Eero Saarinen, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, DeSede, Gervan, Milo Baughman, Michel Ducaroy, Maison Jansen and Tomasso Barbi just to name drop a few.

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The rooms are diverse and offer a good selection and quality of accommodation for different types of travellers. “We offer a wide range of accommodation, from single rooms and bunk beds to hotel rooms and a large suite with stunning ocean views. We can accommodate up to 230 guests and our hostel facilities are excellent, providing a fully equipped kitchen and a movie room. Next to the kitchen is a rooftop terrace with a jacuzzi where guests can relax”.

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The great soul of Oddsson is the yoga and meditation room where locals and guests alike are welcome to attend classes. One of Oddsson´s unique feature is the Lost Luggage Program, where the unlucky guests who lose their luggage on their way to Iceland will be able to borrow clothes. The goal of this program is to ensure that lost luggage does not mean a lost vacation.

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The ground floor reflects contrast at the highest level. There you will find a casual lounge, café and bistro where guests like to hang out, and if you keep on walking along the curved building, you will find yourself in Bazaar, a fine dining Italian restaurant featuring a very impressive selection of fantastic Italian wine and food.

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“We take our concept very seriously, for example there is a luxurious hotel suite next to bunk­beds, there is a soundproof karaoke room in the middle of a fine dining restaurant, there is a Caviar on the take away menu and our own Oddsson custom made furniture is next to an extremely rare Pierre Jeanneret chair and Tomasso Barbi floor. Hence, the design brief became some sort of a combination of styles. A mix of minimalism and brutalism.”

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Project Data:

Project name: ODDSSON
Location: Hringbraut 121, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
Coordinates: 64.150814, -21.960635
Type: Hotel Interior, Hostel Interior
Accommodations/Hotel Size: 230 guests rooms
Project area: n/a
Status: Built
Completion Year: May 2016
Visit ODDSSON’s Website: here

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: ODDSSON

Interior Designer:

  • Dodlur – Eyjarslóð 9 Kt: 710712-0420 Reykjavík, Iceland

Project Team:

  • Daniel Atlason, Hörður Kristbjörnsson , Benedikt Hauksson

Text Description: © Courtesy of Dodlur, ODDSSON
Images: © Dodlur, Ari Magg

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