September 3, 2010
Unveiled> Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre Olafur Eliasson and Henning Larsen team up for a multifaceted, multifunctional project in Reykjavik
Designed by Copenhagen-headquartered Henning Larsen Architects with Batteríio Architects of Iceland, the project is one of several intended to revitalize Reykjavík’s East Harbor district, where a Henning Larsen–designed masterplan is helping the city catch up with resurgent waterfront hubs in Oslo and Hamburg.
The crystalline exterior—recalling the basalt columns that dot the country’s landscape—is draped with colored glass panels that reflect the harbor surroundings. On the interior, the faceted, honeycomb-like modules create a warm sense of enclosure while offering expansive views of the North Atlantic. Developed by the holding company Portus along with the Icelandic government and the city of Reykjavík, the decades-in-the-making complex arrives as an apropos symbol of the nation’s rebirth.
Architect: Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríio Architects
Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Completion: May 2011
Posted by ArchiVerse at 3.9.10