Sundlaugin (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈsʏntlœijɪn], the swimming pool) is a recording studio located near Álafoss in the town of Mosfellsbær in Iceland known for being the recording and rehearsal location of post-rock band Sigur Rós. The location was originally a swimming pool built in the 1930s which had been abandoned when Sigur Rós purchased it in 1999 and converted it and adjacent buildings into a studio.
The band originally intended to record their third album, entitled ( ), in an abandoned NATO tracking base in the northernmost mountain in Iceland, but after inspection decided it was too impractical. Shortly after they found the abandoned pool lot in a rural neighborhood in Mosfellsbær. They bought the lot and transformed it into a studio. In order to fit the massive mixing console into the building, part of the roof was opened up and the console was lowered with a crane.
Much of the band's photography and artwork is taken from the surrounding landscape, such as the art found on the first album recorded in the studio, ( ).
The recording studio has also been used for recording, mixing and mastering (usually assisted by the studio's sound engineer Birgir Jón "Biggi" Birgisson) by a wide group of mainly Icelandic artists and bands, including:
- Agent Fresco
- The Album Leaf
- Amusement Parks on Fire
- Benni Hemm Hemm
- Bubbi Morthens
- Flying Hórses
- For a Minor Reflection
- Julianna Barwick
- Kira Kira
- Langi Seli og Skuggarnir
- Ólöf Arnalds
- Pétur Ben
- Retro Stefson
- Self Defense Family
- Sin Fang
- Steindór Andersen
- Storsveit Nix Noltes
- Trevor Geir
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