Harpa Concert Hall
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- Harpa Concert HallMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to ReviewFeb 27, 2014
Harpa is a concert hall and conference centre right on the water at the edge of the Reyjkavik Harbour. Harpa was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The structure consists of a steel framework clad with irregularly-shaped glass panels of different colours. The building was originally part of a redevelopment of the Austurhöfn area dubbed World Trade Center Reykjavík, which was partially abandoned when the financial crisis took hold. The development was intended to include a 400-room hotel, luxury apartments, retail units, restaurants, a car park and the new headquarters of Icelandic bank Landsbanki.
The completion of the structure was uncertain until the government decided in 2008 to fully fund the rest of the construction costs for the half-built concert hall. This came to the chagrin of rural residents, who were more concerned about good roads. The building was given its name on the Day of Icelandic Music on 11 December 2009. The building is the first purpose-built concert hall in Reykjavík. It houses the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and The Icelandic Opera. The opening concert was held on May 4, 2011.
Harpa is certainly a signature Building, and I was most impressed when I strolled both inside and outside. There's also couple nice restaurants/bars inside and some interesting shops. My guess is that prestige is one thing and economics is another, as this place is probably losing $$ in the name of National Honour. Yet if I lived here, I would be proud of this place and would attend events any chance that I could get.Recommended for:
- Harpa Concert HallMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Oct 28, 2013
Crazy cool designed building. Free to go in and take pictures of the glass windows. Remember to head to the back of the opera house to see the harbor view from inside.Recommended for: