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Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Reykjavik

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Reykjavik

Notable addition to the Reykjavík skyline and Icelandic culture, set at the border between the land and the ocean, Harpa – the Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre – is a gleaming sculpture in the very heart of the Iceland capital, reflecting magnificent northern sky, bustling Reykjavík harbor and the vibrant city life. Shimmering in mesmerizing Arctic light, the angular design of this architectural gem blends in perfectly with the surrounding mountainous landscape and North Atlantic waterfront. Geometrically shaped glass paneled facade of the building has been inspired by crystallized basalt columns found in Iceland in abundance.

Winner of the prestigious Mies Van der Rohe architectural award, Harpa owes its intricate lattice of convex and concave glass design (making it resemble an alien spacecraft at night) to the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects, Icelandic firm Batteríið Architects, and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Built at a cost of 164 million Euros, the venue opened in 2011 and has since attracted 4 million visitors.

Declared one of the best concert halls of the new millennium by the Gramophone magazine and the best performance venue in 2011 by Travel & Leisure magazine, Harpa (capable of seating up to 3500 guests at a time) – apart from being home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic Opera and the Reykjavik Big Band – also provides for great shopping (houses a score of design boutiques), gourmet dining (two high-end restaurants: Smurstöðin located on the 1st floor and Kolabraut on the 4th floor) and more (there are four halls of 28.000 square meters in total, including 6,600 sqm of conference space).

In addition to stunning architecture, Harpa also boasts state of the art equipment and, most notably, supreme eco-friendly characteristics. It relies mostly on natural light thanks to the glass facade, covering three of the four sides, allowing for significant reduction in electricity consumption. On top of that, all waste in the building is sorted and all recyclable waste is recycled, plus all the detergents used to clean the building carry the Swan label, a renowned eco label used in Scandinavian countries.

45-minute guided English tours of Harpa are provided on a daily basis.
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Sight Name: Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Sight Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Reykjavik, Iceland

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
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