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

Barbara Sopolinska

Architect

barbara@seistudio.is

Einar Hlér Einarsson

Founding Partner

einar@seistudio.is

Shruthi Basappa                                   

Founding Partner             

shruthi@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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News

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

+354 552 9385

+354 699 1130

einar@seistudio.is

shruthi@seistudio.is

 

Sei ehf.

Árleyni 2

113 Reykjavík

Iceland

Kt. 410715-1120

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Assisted Living Units in Selfoss

2017 – 3rd prize

Competition Entry

Design Team:

Shruthi Basappa

Einar Hlér Einarsson

Barbara Sopolinska

The brief called for 50 units in a assisted living shared home around five clusters or shared spaces, services and administration spaces.

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Hengifossá

2016

Competition Entry

Design Team:

Shruthi Basappa

Einar Hlér Einarsson

Walking path and small service center around a series of waterfalls in the east of Iceland.

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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

2016

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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Sniðmót

2015 – Ongoing

Research Project

Design Team:

Shruthi Basappa

Einar Hlér Einarsson

Barbara Sopolinska

The aim of Sniðmót is to develop, fully functional fabric casting systems for the building industry.

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ROK

2015

Restoration / Refurbishment

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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Space Experiment 01

2015

Exhibition

Design Team

Shruthi Basappa

Einar Hlér Einarsson

Sound Responsive Wall Elements

Displayed as part of Design March 2015. Wall system was designed to respond to different pitch and volume of human voices. This installation ran for one week in a small studio space in downtown Reykjavik.

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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.