Studio

ABOUT

Sei was founded in 2015 by Shruthi Basappa and Einar Hlér Einarsson

We are a young practice combining intuitive design with computational tools. Open research and experimentation guide our quest for design solutions. We are equally fascinated with vernacular timber structures as we are with flexible formwork.

TEAM

Shruthi Basappa                                   

Founding Partner             

shruthi@seistudio.is

 

Einar Hlér Einarsson

Founding Partner

einar@seistudio.is

 

Barbara Sopolinska

Architect

barbara@seistudio.is

Research

Sniðmót

Sei is developing a flexible fabric formwork for concrete construction. It uses the best of intuitive design and former research with computational skills and access to the latest developments in both the textile and concrete industries to redefine formwork.

Sniðmót has received funding from several government innovation funds and is an ongoing research project.

 

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Reykjavík – From data analysis to smart city

Sei was awarded a grant from the City of Reykjavík to analyze the current state of real time data available in various databases and to come up with a strategy to utilize that information towards a smarter city.

The project is in progress, and the first phase is expected to be delivered to the City of Reykjavík, mid-term of 2019.

 

 

News

Sei co-founder Shruthi Basappa intervied by The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service about Bolafjall viewing platform design process

Sei co-founder Shruthi Basappa explained the design process behind the winning proposal for the Bolafjall viewing platform, Bolungarvík, in a news segment by The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

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sei wins first prize in bolafjall mountain viewing platform competition

Sei, along with Landmotun landscape architects and ARGOS, have been awarded the first prize in a closed competition for a viewing platform for Bolafjall, Bolungarvík, Iceland. The project is expected to be completed in early 2020.

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sei awarded third prize in harbor planning competition in hafnarfjordur

Sei was awarded the third prize in a planning competition involving the rejuvenation of one of Iceland's oldest harbors, Hafnarfjarðarhöfn.

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sei awarded third prize in gardabaer planning competition

Sei studio took third prize in a planning competition for the Vífilstaðir area, Garðabær, Iceland. The project involved marshland, hills, rocky terrain and a golf course in the center of it all.

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Sei awarded a purchaced proposal in Government Planning Competition

Sei studio has been awarded a purchaced proposal in Government Planning Competition for their proposal "Háborg við Hafið". Head over to our projects page to see the images for the proposal.

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Sei awarded third prize in Selfoss competition

Sei was awarded the third prize in a design competition for assisted-living nursing homes in Selfoss, Iceland.

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Review: Scarcity in excess

Shruthi writes about the book Scarcity in excess which was published in 2014, in The Reykjavík Grapevine

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The Funkis houses of Iceland

A short research project about the details of the first functionalist houses of Iceland. Published in 2014.

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fallegasta byggingin: barðavogur 13

Frettatiminn, a local newspaper asked us what our favourite building in Iceland was and why.
An artist residence for Kristjan Davidsson and his family by Ar. Mannfred Vilhjalmsson for its judicious use of light, volume, structure and intent without sacrificing design value and user comfort at the altar of budget is our top pick.

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flying or fleeting

We explore 'Movement in Architecture' in this peer reviewed magazine by the Graphic Design School, LHI, Iceland.

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Contact

+354 699 1130

einar@seistudio.is

shruthi@seistudio.is

 

Sei ehf.

Eyjarslóð 9

101 Reykjavík

Iceland

Kt. 410715-1120

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bolafjall viewing platform

Project name: Bolafjall viewing platform

Typology: Architecture, Landscape

Program: Viewing platform and planning

Location: Bolafjall, Bolungarvík, Iceland

Year:  2018

Status: Competition Entry – 1st prize

In collaboration with: Landmótun and ARGOS

Design Team: Shruthi Basappa, Einar Hlér Einarsson, Barbara Sopolinska

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Icelandic government's office extension competition

Project name:  Icelandic government’s office extension competition

Typology: Architecture

Program: Extension and refurbishment

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland

Year:  2018

Status: Competition Entry

Design Team: Shruthi Basappa, Einar Hlér Einarsson, Barbara Sopolinska

ConsultantMassimo Santanicchia

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Icelandic government's headquarters planning competition

Project name:  Icelandic government’s office extension competition

Typology: Urban Planning

Program: Masterplan

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland

Year:  2018

Status: Competition Entry – Purchased Proposal / Honorable Mention

Design Team: Shruthi Basappa, Einar Hlér Einarsson, Barbara Sopolinska

ConsultantMassimo Santanicchia

Aerial Render: www.renderart.eu

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Flensborgarhöfn og Óseyrarsvæði - Hafnarfjörður harbour

Project name:  Flensborgarhöfn og Óseyrarsvæði

Typology: Urban planning

Program: Masterplan, harbour development

Location: Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

Year:  2018

Status: Competition Entry – 3rd prize

Design Team: Shruthi Basappa, Einar Hlér Einarsson, Barbara Sopolinska

In collaboration with: Guðrún Harðardóttir

ConsultantMassimo Santanicchia

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hafnarfjörður miðbær planning proposal

Project name:  Hafnarfjörður centre

Typology: Urban planning

Program: Masterplan, town center development

Location: Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

Year:  2018

Status: Closed call for redevelopment strategy

Design Team: Shruthi Basappa, Einar Hlér Einarsson, Barbara Sopolinska

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Chopin Concert Hall

Project name:  Chopin Concert Hall

Typology: Architecture

Program: Concert hall, Education Centre

Location: Żelazowa Wola, Poland

Year:  2018

Status: Competition Entry

In collaboration with: MOBO architects

Sound Engineering: Gunnar Birnir Jónsson M.Sc.

Design Team: Shruthi Basappa, Einar Hlér Einarsson, Barbara Sopolinska

 

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Garðabær Rammaskipulag

Project name:  Garðabær Rammaskipulag

Typology: Urban planning

Program: Masterplan, Urban development

Location: Garðabær, Iceland

Year:  2017

Status: Competition Entry – 3rd prize

Design Team: Shruthi Basappa, Einar Hlér Einarsson, Barbara Sopolinska

ConsultantMassimo Santanicchia

 

 

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Assisted Living Units in Selfoss

Project name:  Assisted Living Units in Selfoss

Typology: Architecture

Program: Nursing home, healthcare

Location: Selfoss, Iceland

Year:  2017

Status: Competition Entry – 3rd prize

Size: 2500 m²

Design Team: Shruthi Basappa, Einar Hlér Einarsson, Barbara Sopolinska

 

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Hengifossá

Project name:  Hengifossá

Typology: Architecture, Landscape

Program: Service center

Location: Iceland

Year:  2016

Status: Competition Entry

Design Team: Shruthi Basappa, Einar Hlér Einarsson

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Althingi offices

2016

Competition Entry

Design Team:

Shruthi Basappa

Einar Hlér Einarsson

For the new offices of Althingi (The National Parliament) Sei proposed a glass building on a concrete plinth, clad with PVC fabrics. The material is a reference to the importance of the fishing industry in Iceland and also look a little bit like fish hung out to dry.

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Lyngás, Gardabæ

Project name:  Lyngás

Typology: Urban planning

Program: Masterplan, Residential development

Location: Garðabær, Iceland

Year:  2016

Status: competition entry

Design Team: Shruthi Basappa, Einar Hlér Einarsson

 

A residential planning competition in Lyngásvæði, Garðabær that sought to address the need for affordable housing options. We focussed on the quality of street life, diversity, accessibility and quality open spaces that could be used throughout the year in Iceland. Woonerf streets, and alternative funding systems to help young people buy their own apartments was the crux of the solution.

 

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Fabcast

Project Name:  FabCast (Sniðmót)

Category: Research and Development

Program: Development of flexible formwork

Location: Iceland

Year:  2015

Status: Active

Project Team: Shruthi Basappa, Einar Hlér Einarsson, Barbara Sopolinska, Samúel Bjarnason

Engineering Consultants: Próf. Ólafur H. Wallevik, Jóhann Harðarson

Engineering Assistance: Einar I. Ólafsson, Hilmar Ástþórsson

Textile Consultant: Erla Dís Arnardóttir

Graphic Design: Birna Brindís Þorkelsdóttir

 

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ROK

Project name:  rok

Typology: Restoration/refurbishment

Program: Restaurant

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Year:  2015

Status: Finished

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In collaboration with: Apparat Architects

Design Team: Shruthi Basappa, Einar Hlér Einarsson

 

Standing opposite the main church of Reykjavík this small restaurant was formerly a private residence. Built in the 1920, the only thing left standing before the restoration work started were the concrete block walls that now are visible from the inside. The restaurant ROK has been operational in the restored building from early 2016. The project was finished with the aid of Apparat architects.

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ástjarnakirkja

2014

Competition Entry

Design Team:

Shruthi Basappa

Einar Hlér Einarsson

In response to a brief to design a Community Centre for a local church in Hafnarfjordur, Sei proposed a ‘temporary’ fabric cube as a stand-in church, even as the community space was centred around a usable courtyard space. The final church design would take over the same cube with an adaptable roof.