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Studio Olafur Eliasson’s Crystalline Harpa Concert Hall Wins the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award
Posted By Lori Zimmer On April 30, 2013 @ 1:40 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery | 3 Comments
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.
The waterfront façade of the Harpa Concert Hall  is made of individual polygonal glass frames  resembling sparkly fish scales, which reflect water and light, creating a kaleidoscope of luminous colors. Aside from lighting up the harbor, the glass allows total usage of natural lighting  during daytime, changing hues as the seasons change. In the evening, a system of LED lights illuminate the inside, giving the building a warm glow  that is reflected in the dark waters of the harbor.
The massive 28,000 square meter interior, designed by Henning Larsen  and Batteriid Architects , hosts four main halls which represent the elements. A fiery 1800 seat grand concert hall, called Eldborg, emulates Iceland’s volcanic  activity. The smaller halls represent the Northern Lights (air), calcite crystals (earth), and a cold lagoon (water).
Harpa is the center of a project to re-enliven Reykjavik’s harbor  front, drawing crowds as the new home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra  and the Icelandic Opera. The building also hosts conferences and meetings.
Images © Olafur Eliasson
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/olafur-eliassons-crystal-inspired-concert-hall-opens-in-reykjavik/harpa-henning-larsen-olfafur-eliasson-6/
 Harpa Concert Hall: http://www.harpa.is/
 glass frames: http://inhabitat.com/crystalline-domed-mansueto-library-features-robotic-book-retrieval-system/
 natural lighting: http://inhabitat.com/cylindrical-henley-house-is-a-light-drenched-planetarium-style-abode/
 building a warm glow: http://inhabitat.com/new-w-hotel-in-london-is-wrapped-in-an-amazing-illuminated-facade/
 Henning Larsen: http://inhabitat.com/its-always-play-time-at-henning-larsens-beautiful-green-roofed-day-care-center/
 Batteriid Architects: http://www.arkitekt.is/
 volcanic: http://inhabitat.com/mexico-unveils-gigantic-green-roofed-volcano-soccer-stadium/
 harbor: http://inhabitat.com/foster-partners-green-roofed-kai-tak-terminal-breaks-ground-in-hong-kong/
 Symphony Orchestra: http://inhabitat.com/empac-is-a-cutting-edge-glowing-glass-green-performing-arts-center/
 + Studio Olafur Eliasson: http://www.olafureliasson.net/studio.html
 + Henning Larsen Architects: http://www.henninglarsen.com/themes/frontpage.aspx
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