The Skuggi tower blocks belong to the most sought after areas in Reykjavík, thanks to its closeness to the vibrant city centre. Services such as shops, restaurants, schools, healthcare, and a variety of activities and entertainment are all found in the nearest vicinity.
Culture flourishes in the town centre and to live in a walking distance from theatres, cinemas and music halls offers unique possibilities. Various coffeehouses and diverse restaurants are found nearby, guaranteeing that everyone will find something to their liking when it comes to food and drink.
The Skuggi tower block are close to many of the centre's greatest gems; the old harbour, Tjörnin pond by Reykjavík City Hall, Hljómskálagarður park, Skólavörðuholt and Austurvöllur square.
Services in the area
2. Bíó Paradís
3. Listaháskóli Íslands, Sölvhólsgötu
6. Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík
10. Sundhöll Reykjavíkur
12. Kvennaskólinn í Reykjavík
13. Listasafn Íslands
14. Ráðhús Reykjavíkur
16. Listasafn Reykjavíkur – Hafnarhús
17. Heilsugæslan Miðbæ
19. Hlíðarendi, Knattspyrnufélagið Valur
History of the Skuggi area
The Skuggi neighbourhood was the first suburb of Reykjavík. The first structure in these parts was built around 1800 and named Skuggi or Shadow. From there do the tower blocks derive their name. After 1850, the settlement grew steadily and Klapparstígur became the first street to be paved within the area in 1877.
Around 1900, the area went through great many changes. Instead of the old Icelandic turf houses, timber houses became a prominent feature, with occasional houses built of stone in between. The fishing company of Thor Jensen, Kveldúlfur, had great structures built on both sides of Vatnsstígur from 1913 onwards. Most of these buildings stood on the spot where the Skuggi tower blocks now stand.
Click on the photographs below to explore the impressive photography exhibit on the history of the area.