Major Change Coming at Hlemmur Square
The Reykjavík City Council has voted to present a new land-use plan for Hlemmur square and vicinity, Morgunblaðið reports. According to the new plan, the whole area will become a pedestrian zone.
The City of Reykjavík held a contest for future planning for the area in 2017. The winners of that contest, architect offices Mandaworks and Dagný Land Design were selected to conduct further planning and development.
The changes planned include the following:
Hlemmur will be redesigned as a public area for all ages, with access to all.
No motorized vehicles will be in the square or around it.
A new bike trail will be built along the area, connecting Hverfisgata and Laugavegur.
Buses and the planned city line will be directed down Hverfisgata and Laugavegur, in a special area, north of Hlemmur.
A new surface material will be installed, benches, playground, and vegetation.
High quality bus shelters will be installed.
A new crossroads and a square will be located on the corner of Snorrabraut and Borgartún.
The aim is for Hlemmur to become a major attraction and a green area, where public events can take place and people can gather.