This house, which is situated at Njálsgata 33, is the headquarters of “Unnur’s China Club”, a travel agency specialising in tours to China. It also houses a museum dedicated to China.
I love the simplicity of how the owner, instead of heaping on the Chinese decorations, has just used these good luck knots to hint at what lies inside.
This building houses a bar/restaurant on the ground floor and a nightclub on the first and second floors (entered through the door in the rainbow-coloured section of the house). Bravo is a gay-frienly bar and Kiki is a queer club.
Back when I used to go clubbing regularly – too many years ago – the place was called “22” (it’s located at Laugavegur 22), and the ground floor housed a bar and the upstairs had a dance-floor. Since then it has changed names several times and been the hangout of several different sub-cultures.
This block of houses just above Hlemmur has always reminded me of the houses in the Nyhavn area of Copenhagen. I think it’s the colours and the similar proportions of the houses.