Opened in May 2011, the Reykjavik Concert hall and conference centre Harpa became an immediate Reykjavik landmark. The home of the Icelandic symphony orchestra and Icelandic Opera, it also hosts wide array of other concerts and cultural events, including our upcoming DesignTalks among other DesignMarch 2014 events.

The building was designed by the Danish Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with Icelandic Batteriid architects and Landslag for the plaza, while the façade is by the Icelandic-Danish artist Ólafur Eliasson and the acoustics by Artec Consultants Inc (read more here).

Over the past few years, Harpa has gathered numerous awards for its design and architecture, including Best Nordic Public Space 2011 award, FÍT and IIID Awards for graphic design and most recently the prestigious Mies van der Rohe 2013 award. The latter will be discussed in a seminar on Thursday. In addition, there is an exhibition mapping the past 25 years of the award in the building.We thought this is the perfect time to take a little stroll to the applauded ‘harp’.

Without further a do, here are some brand new,  fresh-from-the-memory-card images of Harpa by the talented Adriana Pacheco. We will post more new images of the interiors in two more posts to come. Enjoy, have a lovely day!



Photographer Adriana Pacheco