The square outside Harpa was awarded as the best Nordic public space at the Arkitekturmässan in Göteborg.

 

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Finished in 2011, the “torg” is designed by Landslag and Batteríið in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects and Ólafur Elíasson.

 

 

”The urban landscape outside the new Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik, capital of Iceland, is inspired by historic references and early features of the area which are long forgotten and gone with the massive landfillings of recent years. A strip of water is laid out to separate the original and the new land with crossing bridges or wooden piers to access the main square, resonating in wooden, open air areas for various uses where the building meets the harbour, the international jury states.”

 

The Nordic architecture awards were given out for the first time in three categories – best Nordic city plan, best Nordic building and best Nordic public space.

 

For more information on the project, take a look at the Landslag site, and for more on the award, see the fair site.

 

 

Images Courtesy of Reykjavik Photography Museum