101 Reykjavík · Iceland
Harpa opened its doors in May 2011 and is home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera. It also hosts a myriad of concerts spanning all musical genres, and numerous events, meetings and conferences. Its glass façade is designed by renowned artist Olafur Eliasson, in cooperation with Henning Larsen Architects.
The design is based on a geometric principle, realized in two and three dimensions. Reminiscent of the crystallised basalt columns commonly found in Iceland, the southern facades create kaleidoscopic reflections of the city and the striking surrounding landscape.