Harpa Reykjavik Concert and Conference Centre

CompanyHenning Larsen Architects
ClientPeer Teglgaard Jeppesen
DesignerResponsible Partner: Peer Teglgaard Jeppesen, Architect and Design Manager: Associate Partner Ósbjørn Jacobsen, Project Manager: Architect Klavs Holm Madsen, Local Architects: Batteríid Architects Ltd., Artist: Olafur Eliasson
Prize2nd Place in Architecture Categories / Institutional
Entry Description

The Harpa Reykjavik Concert and Conference Centre in Iceland is a new institution designed to host both public and private events, united under one roof in an effort to expand the city life in Reykjavik. The building gathers inspiration from the northern lights and the dramatic Icelandic scenery. Situated on the boundary between land and the sea, the building stands as a landmark structure reflecting both sky and harbour space . The concert hall is the new home for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and also features a diverse musical programme, appealing to varying tastes and generating exposure for the entire music scene in Iceland. The Conference Centre is integrated seamlessly in the same building and is flexible to accommodate a wide range of events for both public and private affairs. The distinct functions are tied together by the spectacular foyers, shared circulation, and the dynamic facade that wraps the building. The facade –a crystalline lattice of glass and steel –was designed by Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects. The glass prisms capture the daylight, mirroring the day and the seasons like “a calendar of light”, and putting the surface of the building into constant motion. The balconies in the main foyer offer a spectacular view of the centre of Reykjavik, towards Mount Esja and the glacier at Snæfells Jökull. The 23900 m2 congress centre is part of a large masterplan to revitalize Reykjavik’s eastern harbour. Besides the Concert and Congress Centre, the plan includes a hotel, fine arts academy, cinema, new urban shopping street, as well as a number of residential and commercial buildings along the fjord, expanding Reykjavik’s centre by 85,000 m2. Henning Larsen Architects has also built a new road connecting the harbour to the city centre, reinforcing the connection between Reykjavik and the eastern harbour.