Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center by Henning Larsen Architects

We were excited to hear from Henning Larsen Architects and pass on their news that the much anticipated Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center is nearing completion in ,.  Working in close collaboration with Danish-Icelandic artist Olaf Eliasson and American Artec Consultants, the combined forces of art and architecture have resulted in an aesthetically and technically stunning building.  Conceptually, the building is all about the glass façade -which seems to be gracefully lowered onto the building- and the interplay of spaces that occur between the glass.

Harpa View_1 © 2007 Portus ehf., Olafur Eliasson, and Henning Larsen Architects

Harpa-Interior 2 Interior View © 2007 Portus ehf., Olafur Eliasson, and Henning Larsen Architects

_Exterior 1 © 2007 Portus ehf., Olafur Eliasson, and Henning Larsen Architects

longitudal_ee.dgn Longitudional Section EE © Henning Larsen Architects

max990200.dgn Floor Plan © Henning Larsen Architects

4th-hall Small Hall © 2007 Portus ehf., Olafur Eliasson, and Henning Larsen Architects

Harpa-Interior 1 Interior View © 2007 Portus ehf., Olafur Eliasson, and Henning Larsen ArchitectsMain Hall Main Concert Hall © 2007 Portus ehf., Olafur Eliasson, and Henning Larsen Architects

_Northern facade_photo by Osbjørn Jacobsen HLA Northern Facade © Osbjørn Jacobsen

Facade Osbjørn Jacobsen

Reminiscent of the crystallised basalt columns commonly found in , the hexagonal glass creates kaleidoscopic reflections of the city.  The multi-faceted glass façade is based on a geometric principle which is realised in two and three dimensions.   Designing and constructing the building have been a complicated process because while the facades are derived from the same concept, depending upon orientation, their geometries vary.  This leads to difficult connections where ultimately each corner is a unique joint.

Special attention was given to the placement of colored panels which are scattered across the surface and make beautiful reflections in the main spaces.  And, in the final stages of designing, an emphasis was placed on reflection and transparency.  The facade provides ample natural lighting, and in the evening, the multi-colored LED lighting system (the most ever used in any construction in the world) on the southern facade will give the structure an Icelandic glow.

The Harpa Concert and Conference Center will have four halls, the largest one seating 1,800 people. Smaller meeting rooms which can be adjusted to meet different needs/events will also be incorporated into the complex.

The official opening will feature a concert by the  Symphony Orchestra on May 4, 2011.  The 28,000 m2 complex will be a major addition to the region’s cultural scene – a move that will help ’s greater urban redevelopment and revitalization initiative.

Image Credits:

Renderings: © 2007 Portus ehf., Olafur Eliasson, and 

Photos: © 2007 Portus ehf., Olafur Eliasson, and 

Photo: © Osbjørn Jacobsen

Plans: © 

Video Credit: Youtube uploader HarpaReykjavik via Harpa’s website

Icelandic Conference Center – Building Information:

Client: Austurhofn, East Harbour Project
Floor area: 28,000 m2
Construction value: 161 mill. EUR
Type of assignment: 1st prize, international competition

http://www.archdaily.com/66917/in-progress-harpa-concert-hall-and-conference-center-henning-larson-architects/

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