‘Harpa Concert and Conference Centre’ by Henning Larsen Architects

Reykjavik | 2011

Copenhagen studio Henning Larsen Architectsand Icelandic studio Batteriid Architects. Have completed a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland, in collaboration with artist Olafur Eliasson. Panes of clear and colour-coated glass surround a steel framework of twelve-sided modules on the south facade of the Harpa Concert and Conference Centre.

Inspired by basalt crystals, the faceted glass scatters reflections of the surrounding harbour and sky, and presents a glittering wall of light after dark. A flattened version of this geometry surrounds the other elevations of the building. Three large concert halls occupy the first floor, including one finished entirely in red, while a smaller fourth hall on the ground floor provides a venue for intimate performances and banquets. Visitors access the main foyer from a south-facing entrance, while staff and performers enter the backstage area from the north.