Harpa (Reykjavik) Concert Hall

Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects and Batteriio Architects designed the striking Harpa concert hall which opened in May 2011. It’s a 28,000 sqm building situated on the edge of the North Atlantic Ocean. The LED lit facade is magnificent and adds a compelling dimension to the builds already unique design. Danish artist Olafur Eliasson worked with the architects to come up with the $150 million stunning design. The steel framework is clad with geometric shaped glass panels of different colours. The quasi bricks (which is a 12 sided space filler of glass and steel) and multifaceted glass facades are based on a geometric principle. Inspired by the crystallised basalt columns commonly found in Iceland, the Southern facades create kaleidoscopic reflections of the city and the surrounding landscape. The building appears as an ever changing play of colour reflected in more than 1000 3D bricks and is one of the most beautiful buildings in Iceland.


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