Gallery: Studio Olafur Eliasson’s Crystalline Harpa Concert Hall Wins t...

Reykjavik's shimmering glass Harpa Concert Hall just won the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award! Designed by Studio Olafur Eliasson and Henning Larsen Architects, the project started construction right after Iceland’s economy tanked, but has proven itself to be a beacon of the nation's recovery. The glittering hall mimics basalt crystals, which are indigenous to Iceland.

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  1. lazyreader August 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    This is a concert hall, it looks more like the place where Jor-El launched his sons spacecraft.

  2. Hana Vinduska August 25, 2011 at 7:44 am

    So how is this immense space sustainably kept comfortable – as in good climate?
    Is this sustainable architecture?

  3. gdsfafas May 21, 2011 at 11:37 am

    The facade is incredibility 1950’s. When everyone was interested in simple repetitive geometry.I have to say I was expecting much more. The interior shot looks amazing but the facade not so much.

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