Karlssonwilker Hlemmur T-Shirt
Former bus station, current food market. A great place to hang if you're in a punk band or if you've just lost all hope. Named after the bridge over the river that's no longer there. It hasn’t exactly been a must-visit through the years (unless you rely on the bus to get around, in which case you kind of have to go through there every once in a while) but it’s been around FOREVER and it really is one of the city’s iconic buildings at this point.
Who are karlssonwilker and why did they make all those nice drawings of iconic Reykjavík buildings?
Regular Grapevine readers and design enthusiasts alike ought to be familiar with fancy New York-based design firm karlssonwilker by now. Since it was founded by Icelander Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker from Germany in late 2000, the firm has worked with all sorts of prestigious people (and The Reykjavík Grapevine), and they have a bar in their office, too. They collaborated with illustrator Stephan Walter to make all those nice drawings of iconic Reykjavík buildings because they could, that's why.