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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

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland, Olafur Eliasson, Henning Larsen Architects, natural light, LED, concert hall, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic Opera, Batteriid Architects, biomimicry, Reykjavik Culture Night [1]

The waterfront façade of the Harpa Concert Hall [2] is made of individual polygonal glass frames [3] 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 [4] 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 [5] that is reflected in the dark waters of the harbor.

The massive 28,000 square meter interior, designed by Henning Larsen [6] and Batteriid Architects [7], hosts four main halls which represent the elements. A fiery 1800 seat grand concert hall, called Eldborg,  emulates Iceland’s volcanic [8] 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 [9] front, drawing crowds as the new home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra [10] and the Icelandic Opera. The building also hosts conferences and meetings.

+ Harpa Concert Hall [2]

+ Studio Olafur Eliasson [11]

+ Henning Larsen Architects [12]

+ Batteriid Architects [7]

Images © Olafur Eliasson

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/olafur-eliassons-crystal-inspired-concert-hall-opens-in-reykjavik/harpa-henning-larsen-olfafur-eliasson-6/

[2] Harpa Concert Hall: http://www.harpa.is/

[3] glass frames: http://inhabitat.com/crystalline-domed-mansueto-library-features-robotic-book-retrieval-system/

[4] natural lighting: http://inhabitat.com/cylindrical-henley-house-is-a-light-drenched-planetarium-style-abode/

[5] building a warm glow: http://inhabitat.com/new-w-hotel-in-london-is-wrapped-in-an-amazing-illuminated-facade/

[6] Henning Larsen: http://inhabitat.com/its-always-play-time-at-henning-larsens-beautiful-green-roofed-day-care-center/

[7] Batteriid Architects: http://www.arkitekt.is/

[8] volcanic: http://inhabitat.com/mexico-unveils-gigantic-green-roofed-volcano-soccer-stadium/

[9] harbor: http://inhabitat.com/foster-partners-green-roofed-kai-tak-terminal-breaks-ground-in-hong-kong/

[10] Symphony Orchestra: http://inhabitat.com/empac-is-a-cutting-edge-glowing-glass-green-performing-arts-center/

[11] + Studio Olafur Eliasson: http://www.olafureliasson.net/studio.html

[12] + Henning Larsen Architects: http://www.henninglarsen.com/themes/frontpage.aspx

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