Architect Hjörleifur Stefánsson has written an op-ed in Icelandic newspaper Fréttablaðið about the future of Perlan, one of the best known buildings in Reykjavík. Hjörleifur calles Perlan a landmark without a purpose and expresses his concern that changing Perlan into a hotel would be a big mistake.
Reykjavík Energy, the owner of Perlan, announced plans last December to sell the building to a group of investors who are looking to build a 300 room hotel next to it. Reykjavík Energy is a public company. The city council minority and prominent Icelandic bloggers have criticized these ideals, saying that Perlan should belong to the public.
Hjörleifur and designer Sigríður Þráinsdóttir have shared their ideal to use Perlan to house the Icelandic Museum of National History. The museum is currently in a small house and has a very poor exhibition space.
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