The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre located in Reykjavik, Iceland, designed by copenhagen-based henning larsen architects is situated between land and sea and reflects the sky and harbour of the surrounding city life. The centre offers an arrival and foyer area located at the building’s front, four halls running through the middle and a backstage area with administration, changing room, offices and rehearsal hall at the rear of the structure. The fourth floor is a multifunctional hall with room for more intimate shows and banquets.
The structure provides a versatile space that will host large and intimate events simultaneously, without interfering with one another. The project started in 2004 as a PPP-competition, which means that the competing project groups - both private and public parties – are responsible for investments, construction and operations themselves. But in 2008, due to the economic situation hit the country, the municipality of Reykjavik and the icelandic government have attended to the completion of the project themselves.
The façade of the building has been designed in close collaboration with local architects batteríið and danish-icelandic artist olafur eliasson, along with engineering companies Rambøll and Artengineering GmbH from germany. The design of the building is inspired by nature, the crystalized basalt which stands out in the geometrical pattern of the structure’s skin.
Harpa is made of glass and steel in a twelve-sided space-filling geometric modular system called the ‘quasi-brick’ that make-up the southern façade. The remaining façades and roof are made of sectional representations of this geometric system, resulting in two-dimensional flat façades of five and six-sided structural frames.