klapparstigur 25-27
101 reykjavík    iceland

tel. +354 846 90 81


s. ap architects is a growing architecture office with a hard-working team, working at the intersection of creativity, technology and science.

The founder - architect Arnhildur Pálmadóttir has 20 years of extensive experience in architectural design as well as work experience from engineering firms in Iceland and Norway. At the studio the multilayered nature of each project is investigated and its context to other elements. Regardless of location each project will be affected and have effect in a multitude of ways – socially, environmentally and as part of the timeline. The studio becomes a professional expert for the client when taking on a project. Making sure that all its complex threads run in an efficient way and within the time frame required. Ultimately s. ap architects strive to be thought-provoking, original and have a positive impact on the world.

Experience and knowledge base

General architectural design and concept work in different scales – interior, exterior, landscape and planning.

Extended experience of project management in large projects, design management and coordination of all design phases.

Advanced experience in BIM software integration and design for small to large scale projects.About the sap BIM process

Experience in sustainable design and building methods, based on the BREAAM system.

Research and writing including reports for municipalities and the cultural heritage agency of Iceland (Minjastofnun) regarding old Icelandic houses and building traditions.

Teaching and development work related to design, technology and innovation as well as experimenting with microcomputers and programming.

Selected Writing

Mæna, 2019 (IS)
Húsakönnun Búðarvöllur, 2015 (IS)
Mæna, 2014 (IS)
Kjarninn, 2013 (IS)
Kjarninn, 2013 (IS)
Mæna, 2013 (IS)
Kjarninn, 2013 (IS)
Húsakönnun Miðhöfn, 2012 (IS)
Húsakönnun Búðará, 2012 (IS)
Ferðamannavegur Vaðlaheiði, 2009 (IS)

Krauma – collaboration
A collaboration with Akkur Arkitektar


Deildartunga ehf


650 m2




Gunnar Sverrisson, Hjalti Guðlaugsson

Krauma is a project Arnhildur Pálmadóttir collaborated on with Akkur Arkitektar.  Krauma is a natural geothermal bath resort located at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. The layout of the bathing area is organic in contrast to the building’s geometric forms. The soft forms reflect the natural flow of water. When guests approach the area, the buildings are almost invisible in the landscape. The bathing area consist of differently heated or cooled hot tubs with hot water from the hot spring mixed with cold water from a small glacier close by, saunas and a unique tranquility room for meditation and relaxation. During the building process, soil and grass was excavated to make space for the construction. These natural materials were then re-used for roofs and support walls surrounding the buildings and the bath area. The result is a natural and modest look where the buildings blend naturally in with the surrounding nature.