Apótekarinn: Reykjavik’s Modern Apothecary

Apotekarinn pharmacy in Iceland

Apotekarinn pharmacy in Iceland

Pharmacy design isn’t something one typically thinks about. Generally, the experience is a headache of long lines, elevator music, and that dreaded holiday aisle devoted to candy. Perhaps if more of our pharmacies looked like Iceland’s Apótekarinn, though, we’d be more apt to go just for the streamlined design experience. Conceived by Glámá Kím Architects, the chain of modern apothecaries features a color palette of stark white, canary yellow, and the lightest of sky blue. The spare yet bold signage was designed by UK graphic designer Paddy Mills, and it gives the space an appealingly authoritative feel.

Since a pharmacy is essentially an extension of a hospital or doctor’s office as well as a general store for all of your personal care needs, shouldn’t the space echo the same clean, uncluttered ethos? Personally, I think our pharmacies could use a makeover. Wouldn’t it be a much more pleasant experience to wait in line or stroll down the toothpaste aisle if it looked like Apótekarinn?

Apotekarinn pharmacy in Iceland

Andi Teran

March 13, 2013 / By

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