According to local news paper Frettabladid, the famous architect Tony Kettle is to design a new Radisson RED hotel in Reykjavik. Perhaps Kettle is most famous for the Falkirk Wheel, now one of Scotland’s landmarks. He has also designed many prominent buildings in the Middle-East, China and Russia, amongst them the 425 meters high Lakhta Tower in St. Petersburgh.
Kettle says the hotel is designed under influence from Icelandic nature and the architectural structure of the city, especially the Harpa Concert Hall and Hallgrimskirkja Church. Says Kettle: “ The hotel’s design is somewhat inspired by these two building and the Icelandic nature. I became under strong influence from my visit to Iceland, no wonder as the country is unbelievably beautiful.”
The hotel will be 17 floors with a panorama lift on the outside of the building, leading to the top floor where a bar and a veranda will offer a fantastic view over the city and the surroundings. "Our goal is to create a new landmark for Reykjavik and an exciting new destination for both tourists and locals," says Kettle.