Henning Larsen’s Iceland concert hall opens

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik

A spectacular concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavik, Iceland, designed by Henning Larsen Architects and Batteriið Architects, was officially opened in late August 2011.

Inspired by the geological basalt stone formations along the Icelandic coast, the south facade rises up 33 metres. The facade was developed in collaboration with the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.

Made up of more than 12,000m2 of glass, the building changes colour depending on the weather and time of day and year.


The arrival area and foyer are located at the front, the four music and conference halls are in the centre, while the backstage area with offices, administration, rehearsal and dressing rooms are contained in the rear section of the 28,000m2 building.

Harpa forms part of an extensive development plan for the East Harbour in Reykjavik with the objective of bringing the city and harbour closer together. Henning Larsen Architects won the commission in an international competition in 2005.

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