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Perlan Hot Water Reservoir - Reykjavik - Iceland

The Pearl (Perlan) is a remarkable building, built in 1988, unique in Iceland and probably in the whole world. On Oskjuhlid hill, atop the huge tanks in which natural hot water is stored for heating the city, a glass dome has been constructed: under the dome is a rotating restaurant serving fine cuisine.

The dome also houses a café, while around the outside is a viewing platform with panoramic 360 degree views of the city and its surroundings. Access to the viewing platform is free of charge.

Below the dome, between the hot-water tanks, is a spacious atrium where various exhibitions and other events are held. Inside the building is a small artificial geyser which spouts every few minutes. Interestingly, one of the tanks contains not hot water, but a museum: at the Saga Museum,

In my view this is a unique way of creating something nice with a water reservoir. Reservoirs need to be uphill and are usually ugly. This one is a real success.

This is a picture of the stairs and the reflection of the stairs in the structure. Please enjoy!

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