Henning Larsen Architects worked with world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson to design the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center. Completed in 2011, the project is located in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, and the structure is one of the most important cultural centers of the city. In the port area of Reykjavik, rising above the sea and land border, the structure connects with both the sky, the sea and the lively life of the city.
As a result of the joint work of Hansen Larsen Architects, Olafur Eliasson and German engineering firms Rambøll and ArtEngineering GmbH, the architect of the project, the striking facade of the Harpa Concert Hall was built. In addition, the local architectural office Batteríið Architects was involved in the detail work of the project. Olafur Eliasson’s facade design in more detail can be accessed from this link.
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center are located on 28,000 square meters of Harbour land that dominates the sea and mountain views of the city. This large cultural complex contains an entrance area, foyer, four halls in the middle, a backstage area with offices, administrative offices, rehearsal hall and changing rooms. The three large concert halls inside the structure stand side by side. These halls are accessed from the southern part of the building, while the northern part has a backstage entrance. On the fourth floor of the center, there is a small hall where more special performances are held.
The southern facade of the structure was formed by combining 12-sided modules. Inspired by basalt crystals, these steel-framed modules are coated with glass of different colors. In this way, the facade turns into an interactive curtain that reflects the lights it receives from the port and Sky. On the other facades of the building, a two-dimensional version of this geometric composition was used.
Viewed from the foyer, the concert halls standing side by side resemble a mountain mass. At the center of this audience is the main concert hall, which seats 1800, and the interior of the main hall is completely dominated by red. This volume organization contrasts impressively with the open and transparent facade.
Architect: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Year of construction: 2011