Through the Kaleidoscope...

Tuesday 05 Jul 2011

Henning Larsen Architects & Olafur Eliasson's stunning concert venue in Reykjavik

The Harpa Concert and Conference Centre is the Icelandic National Centre for Austurnhofn TR, East Harbour Project Ltd. The project comprises a city hall and public educational and cultural centre. The 28,000-sq-m congress centre is part of a large masterplan for the harbour area of Reykjavik. With the masterplan, Reykjavik's centre is expanded by a total of 85,000 sq m, with emphasis on strong connection between the city centre and the harbour.

Together with Henning Larsen Architects, Olafur Eliasson has designed the facades of the building - a crystalline lattice of glass and steel. The glass prisms of the facades capture and reflect light, mirroring the time of day and the seasons like 'a calendar of light'.Inspired by crystallised basalt columns commonly found in Iceland, the 12‐sided southern facades create kaleidoscopic reflections of the city and waterfront. The complex geometry is constructed with 1000 steel / glass ‘quasibricks'. At night, interior light projects through the prism façade over the harbor and surrounding landscape. The balconies in the main foyer offer spectacular views of the Reykjavik centre, towards Mount Esja and the glacier at Snæfells Jökull.

The 28,000-sq-m building comprises four main halls and several meeting rooms. The three main halls are positioned next to each other on the second floor. The fourth hall is located on level 1, intended for more intimate shows and conferences. All halls are equipped with flexible acoustic elements to support a wide range of events. The main concert hall accommodates 1,800 guests. A spacious lobby is located on both 1st and 2nd levels, ideal for exhibitions, large banquets, and receptions. Additional amenities include boutiques, a viewing balcony, a bar and restaurant with direct harbour views, a ground‐level bistro, catering, and underground parking options

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