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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
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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URLs in this post:
 Harpa Concert Hall: http://www.harpa.is/
 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award: http://www.miesbcn.com/en/award.html
 Studio Olafur Eliasson: http://www.olafureliasson.net/studio.html
 Henning Larsen Architects: http://www.henninglarsen.com/themes/frontpage.aspx
 started construction: http://inhabitat.com/icelands-luminous-new-harpa-concert-hall-nears-completion/
 Iceland: http://inhabitat.com/iceland-harnesses-geothermal-sources-able-to-power-over-1-2-million-homes/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/olafur-eliassons-crystal-inspired-concert-hall-opens-in-reykjavik/harpa-henning-larsen-olfafur-eliasson-6/
 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/
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