Perlan – the Pearl of Reykjavik

Perlan (The Pearl) a building at Öskjuhlíð hill in Reykjavík (Capital Region, Iceland), designed by Ingimundur Sveinsson, built on hot water tanks, opened on 21st June 1991.

September 10, 2018

Inside Perlan:

  • exhibitions:
      • Forces of Nature – Amazing Geological Wonders,
      • Látrabjarg Cliff,
      • Glaciers and Ice Cave,
      • The Water in Icelandic Nature,
      • Underwater Journey (cinema),
  • Perlan Planetarium,
  • Perlan View – observation deck,
  • restaurant.

The building is composed of an immense glass dome that sits on six hot-water tanks, each carrying 4 million litres of geothermal hot water. All of this is supported by a colossal steel frame, which serves important functions in addition to holding everything together. The framework, hollow on the inside, is actually a gigantic radiator. In the winter when it is cold, hot water runs through the frame, while cold water is used in the summertime.*

*Perlan webpage

Ξ Perlan webpage

See also:

Reykjavík – the Smoke Cove |  Sunset in Reykjavík | Reykjavík by night | Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík | Coast walk in Reykjavík

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© Agata Ziz • All photos were taken by me • All rights reserved

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