Iceland's Elite With Panic Room - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland’s Elite With Panic Room

Published February 9, 2011

One of Iceland’s more successful, and most hated, businessmen was apparently well prepared for any sort of popular uprising, as his home was built with a panic room.
Steingrímur Wernersson, one of Glitnir’s major shareholders with close ties to the Independence Party, built one of the most expensive houses in the country, near the Fossvogur hospital in Reykjavík. This house last appeared on Grapevine when it was the target of vandalism vigilante Skap Ofsi in late 2009.
Apparently the house was more than just a concrete, bunker-style eyesore in a neighbourhood of otherwise pleasant houses. A professional who worked on the house who spoke to the news website Pressan says the home was also built with a “panic room” installed.
The basement of the house featured a cell behind a bulletproof door. Within, there was a system of monitors to all the security cameras within and around the house, and an emergency button for contacting the police.
Speaking candidly, the professional said, “I’m grateful for the experience of working on that house. It’s so 2007, right up there with anything in California. They should make a museum out of this house in memory of all the nonsense.”
Related:
Rich Homes and Cars Targeted for Vandalism
Steingrímur Wernersson’s House Gets Hit Again

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