H71a was a shop adjacent to the timber house at Hverfisgata 71. In 2001 Studio Granda converted the house into a studio, office and archive for photographer Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson. The shop, that had an unsound structure, was left vacant.
H71a is a rebuild of the shop volume with an internal concrete structure and the reuse of existing surfaces and finishes wherever possible. To accommodate a full height garage/loading bay for the publishing side of the business the lower floor was dug down. On the upper floor is a gallery at the same level as the house and the street entrance is at a half-landing on the stair between the two levels. The roof is an urban terrace accessed from the attic of the house. The corrugated steel cladding and timber details mimic those of the house and the former shop.